Top 10 Biggest Announced PV Projects in Mexico 2015


In 2014, the Mexican electricity market underwent a massive transformation, bringing three institutions together to oversee its expansion and development.  In 2015, the Mexican market is proving itself to be one of the biggest markets to watch, as it presently hovers on the verge of a solar revolution.

SENER (Ministry of Energy), the CRE (Energy Regulatory Commission) and CENACE (National Center for Energy Control) are all presently working together to revitalize the Mexican solar market. The newly instated  institution CENACE regulates the transmission and distribution of services, while the CRE no longer requires permit requirements for independent power producers. SENER’s position is continuing to oversee and regulate the wholesale market, and the CFE (Federal Electricity Commission) has become a regular competitor within the liberalized electricity market.  

Because of the metamorphosis of the electricity market, solar energy in Mexico is booming, with approximately 900 MW predicted to be coming down the pipeline for 2015. The Mexican Ministry of Energy (CRE) expects 2,170 MW to be installed by the end of the decade. This comprehensive Top 10 includes projects that have already been approved by the governing bodies and will mostly be online within the year.

Source: (for data) Ernst & Young “Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index: Mexico”

Disclaimer* Not all of the specifics are yet available for each of the projects, but we can expect to have more detailed information once it is released by the developers in the coming months.


No. Name Size Type Developer Exp. completion date
1 The Delicias Solar Project 37.4 MW Ground Mounted Delicias Solar Q4 2015
2 Rancho El Trece Solar Project 33.1 MW Ground Mounted SDC Energreen Aljaval Q4 2015
3 Arenugal Solar Project 33 MW Ground Mounted Delicias Solar Q4 2015
4 Desarrollos Solares Nacut Project 33 MW Ground Mounted Delicias Solar Q4 2015
5 Grupotec 1 30 MW Ground Mounted Grupotec Q4 2015
6 Chihuahua Solar Farm 30 MW Ground Mounted Delicias Solar Q4 2015
7 Costa Solar Project 20 MW Ground Mounted Delicias Solar Q4 2015
8 Parque Solar El Tambor I Project 17 MW Ground Mounted Delicias Solar Q4 2015
9 Mi Granja Solar Telchac 12.3 MW Ground Mounted - Q2/3 2015
10 La Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas 10 MW Ground Mounted La Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas Q1/2 2016

#1. The Delicias Solar Project

Location: Guanajuato
Size of Project: 37.4 MW
Type of Project: solar power plant- csi modules and single axis solar trackers (ground mounted)
Developer: Delicias Solar
Proposed Start Date: Early 2015
Expected Completion Date: End of 2015

Source: http://www.pv-tech.org/news/mexico_approves_37.4mw_solar_power_project
http://www.photon.info/newsletter/document/88284.pdf
http://www.dhammaenergy.com/en/le_amerique_latine.asp

 

#2. Rancho El Trece Solar Project

Location: Chihuahua
Size of Project: 33.1 MW
Type of Project: solar power plant- single-axis tracker technology (ground mounted)
Developer: SDC Energreen Aljaval
Proposed Start Date: Mid 2015
Expected Completion Date: End of 2015

Source: http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/mexican-pv-project-to-light-up-chihuahua_100016321/#axzz3NTDz1xQo
http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/sdc-energreen-aljaval-to-build-30-mw-ac-project-in-mexico_100016879/#axzz3NTDz1xQo
http://www.pv-magazine-latam.com/noticias/detalles/articulo/mxico--semarnat-aprueba-la-central-delicias-solar-pv-de-30-mw-en-chihuahua_100016977/

 

#3. Arenugal Solar Project

Location: Guanajuato
Size of Project: 33 MW
Type of Project: solar power plant (ground mounted)
Developer: Delicias Solar
Proposed Start Date: Early 2015
Expected Completion Date: End of 2015

Source:  http://www.photon.info/photon_news_detail_en.photon?id=90094

 

#4. Desarrollos Solares Nacut Project

Location: Chihuahua
Size of Project: 33 MW
Type of Project: solar power plant- csi modules and single axis solar trackers (ground mounted)
Developer: Delicias Solar
Proposed Start Date: Early 2015
Expected Completion Date: End of 2015

Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-19/mexico-approves-220-megawatts-of-solar-projects-economista-says.html
http://www.photon.info/photon_news_detail_en.photon?id=88284
http://renewables.seenews.com/news/mexican-regulator-okays-220-mw-of-solar-projects-in-jul-report-435031

 

#5. Grupotec 1

Location: La Paz
Size of Project: 30 MW
Type of Project: solar power plant using csi modules with 11 MW battery storage
Developer: Grupotec
Proposed Start Date: Currently under construction
Expected Completion Date: End of 2015

Source: http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/energy-independence--la-paz--mexico-to-meet-100-of-electricity-demand-through-solar_100017612/#axzz3O8m8ghVu
http://www.grupotec.es/en/buscador.html?q=mexico
http://www.pv-magazine-latam.com/noticias/detalles/articulo/mxico--grupotec-construye-central-solar-de-25-mw-_100017750/


 

#6. Chihuahua Solar Farm

Location: Chihuahua
Size of Project: 30 MW
Type of Project: solar farm- ground mounted
Developer: Delicias Solar
Proposed Start Date: Early 2015
Expected Completion Date: End of 2015

Source: http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/sdc-energreen-aljaval-to-build-30-mw-ac-project-in-mexico_100016879/#axzz3NTDz1xQo
http://www.pv-magazine-latam.com/noticias/detalles/articulo/mxico--semarnat-aprueba-la-central-delicias-solar-pv-de-30-mw-en-chihuahua_100016977/

 

#7. Costa Solar Project

Location: unknown
Size of Project: 20 MW
Type of Project: solar farm- ground mounted
Developer: Delicias Solar
Proposed Start Date: Early 2015
Expected Completion Date: End of 2015

Source: http://www.photon.info/photon_news_detail_en.photon?id=90094

 

#8. Parque Solar El Tambor I Project

Location: unknown
Size of Project: 17 MW
Type of Project: solar farm- ground mounted
Developer: Delicias Solar
Proposed Start Date: Early 2015    
Expected Completion Date: End of 2015

Source: http://www.photon.info/photon_news_detail_en.photon?id=90094

 

#9. Mi Granja Solar Telchac

Location: Sacalum, Yucatan City
Size of Project: 12.3 MW
Type of Project: solar power plant- csi modules on a fixed, ground mounted structure
Developer: Unknown
Proposed Start Date: Currently under construction
Expected Completion Date: Mid 2015

Source: http://www.pv-magazine-latam.com/noticias/detalles/articulo/regulador-mexicano-autoriza-10-mw-en-yucatn-_100016530/

 

#10. La Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas

Location: Guemez
Size of Project: 10 MW
Type of Project: solar farm- ground mounted
Developer: La Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas
Proposed Start Date: 2015
Expected Completion Date: First half of 2016

Source:  http://www.pv-magazine-latam.com/noticias/detalles/articulo/universidad-mexicana-cubrir-el-100-de-su-demanda-energtica-con-fotovoltaica_100016592/