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Mexico awards a 385 MW solar project in Baja California to Next Energy

16 Oct 2020

The Inter-institutional Energy Committee of the Baja California government (Mexico) has awarded a 385 MW solar project to the Mexican renewable company Next Energy de México. The power plant, which will sign a power purchase agreement (PPA), is expected to supply power to the Rio Colorado-Tijuana Aqueduct and to the offices of the State Government for the next 30 years.

In August 2020, the Mexican state-owned power utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) decided to invest US$342m into two solar projects with a total capacity of 350 MW at its 820 MW Cerro Prieto geothermal plant in Mexicali (Baja California). The power project will be developed in two stages, with the 150 MW Cerro Prieto II expected to be commissioned in 2023, and the 200 MW Cerro Prieto III scheduled in 2029.

In 2019, Mexico's total capacity was 83.6 GW, including 4.4 GW of solar (5%).

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