June 10 (Renewables Now) - French renewable energy firm Neoen has selected its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor to build the 357-MW El Llano solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the Mexican state of Aguascalientes.
The job has been entrusted to a consortium formed by Spain’s Prodiel Proyectos de Instalaciones Electricas, SL and Synohydro, a unit of Power Construction Corporation of China Ltd (SHA:601669), the Spanish company informed on Monday.
The El Llano project was among the winners in Mexico's third renewable energy auction in November 2017. It secured a contract to sell the solar farm’s output for less than USD 19 (EUR 16.8) per MWh.
The Spanish-Chinese duo will be responsible for the construction of the PV plant and its associated substations and power lines. In addition, the consortium will provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services throughout the first 20 years of the solar farm’s life-cycle.
Construction is set to begin this year, with more than one million solar panels expected to be put up at an 800-hectare (1,976.8 acres) site.
The El Llano solar farm will commence operations in 2020. Once online, it will be capable of generating 880.5 GWh per year, which will be enough to meet the annual consumption of 441,000 Mexican households.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.88)