Spain-based Ingeteam supplied the power conversion and inverter equipment for the first phase of a 1GW solar-plus-storage project in Mexico, the country’s largest.
The first phase of the project, which Energy-Storage.news reported on in January, involved the construction and commissioning of a 146MW solar PV array and a 12MW/24MWh battery energy storage system (BESS).
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Ingeteam, a power conversion technology specialist, provided the power conversion systems for both portions which are now complete. It also provided the power plant controller (PPC), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) monitoring system and communicating equipment for collecting and moving information from the substation to the central telecontrol station.
The technology for the solar PV and BESS have not been revealed. It will ultimately reach 1GW of solar PV and 190MW of energy storage, totalling US$1.6 billion of investment and the fourth, final state of construction expected to be completed in 2028.
The project in Sonora is being developed by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) of Mexico, and will provide power to the states of Sonora and Baja California.
José Luis González, Ingeteam’s Sales Manager for the Solar PV, BESS & Green H2 sector, commented: “This project fits in very well with our role as a technology partner, where we accompany the customer throughout all the phases of the project, providing them with a wide range of solutions in all of them.”
“The fact that our technology has been chosen at a time when no new photovoltaic plants are being developed in Mexico is a confirmation of our good position in the country, where we have a strong local presence”.
The first phase of the project covers 240 hectares out of a total 2,000 hectare site and Ingeteam said it will be the largest solar PV complex in Latin America.
Discussing it in January, the managing director of Mexico City-based battery storage system integrator Quartux told Energy-Storage.news the project represents “..the government’s shift towards saying that energy storage is something it can trust and is very interested in.” The wider Latin American market has been fairly slow to gather pace, as we’ve written.
Quartux, as of October 2022, was deploying a 25MWh system which it said would be the largest in the country, a title which is likely to be taken by the Sonora project one it reaches its next stages.
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