Canadian Solar operationalizes its first solar power plant in Mexico

The solar power facility would generate approximately 145 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity on an annual basis

Canadian Solar Inc., one of the largest solar firms in Canada, has reportedly begun the commercial operations of its first solar power project of 68 MWp in Mexico from January 2019. As per trusted sources, the solar power facility would generate approximately 145 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity on an annual basis, enough to offset 72,700 tons of carbon dioxide emission and power 20,690 households each year.

Reportedly, more than 200,000 Canadian Solar high-efficiency poly modules CS6U-P have been deployed to power the solar facility which is located in Aguascalientes, Mexico. According to a press release by Canadian Solar, the company is said to provide maintenance and operations services to the facility.

Sources familiar with the development claim that about 535 jobs would be created during the construction of the new facility and around 15 new job opportunities are anticipated to be created for maintenance and operations during the next 20 years of plant’s operation.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu was reportedly quoted saying that the commercial operationalization of the Aguascalientes project is a momentous breakthrough for the company and fortifies its position as one of the foremost solar project developers in Latin America and Mexico. The company has a remaining pipeline of 368 MWp of solar projects in Mexico and the construction of these late-stage projects would soon begin, with commercial operations scheduled to be commenced by the year 2020, Dr. Qu further added.

As per the contract deal, the power generated by the facility would be sold to Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) under a 15-year PPA for energy and capacity, and 20-year for Clean Energy Certificates. For the record, Canadian Solar competed and secured the Aguascalientes project in the first Long Term Auction held in Mexico in 2016.