Acciona Energía has started construction work on the fifth wind farm under its ownership in Mexico: El Cortijo.
The 168 MW facility, located 40 kilometers south of Reynosa in the State of Tamaulipas, will represent an investment of US$221 million. El Cortijo will have 56 AW 125/3000 turbines of Nordex/Acciona Windpower technology, each one with rated power of 3 MW, a rotor diameter of 125 meters and a 120-meter-high concrete tower.
The installation is expected to enter service in August 2018 and will generate the equivalent of the electricity consumption of around 350,000 Mexican homes, avoiding the emission of over 366,000 metric tons of CO2 to the atmosphere per year.
It is the first renewable energy project resulting from the electric power auctions organized in Mexico within the framework of the country’s Energy Reform. ACCIONA won the first tender a total of 585.5 GWh of electric power and the corresponding clean energy certificates, which will be supplied by this wind farm.
The construction and operation of El Cortijo and its associated activities will represent a contribution to Mexico’s GDP of around US$232 million during its working life, according to figures from the socioeconomic impact study made for the company by the consultancy EY.
ACCIONA Energía México Director Miguel Angel Alonso, said:
“Completing the renewables projects that are awarded to us in the shortest possible timescale, and with the quality guarantees required, are ongoing challenges for ACCIONA. We are convinced that the development of the El Cortijo wind farm will allow us to ratify this commitment, through which we set out to contribute to the development of renewable energy sources in México and the rest of the world.”