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Atlas Renewable Energy’s La Pimienta solar plant, reportedly the second largest in Mexico, is now fully operational.
The plant, located in the state of Campeche, has a capacity of 300 MW and will supply the state-owned utility Federal Electric Commission (CFE) with clean energy for the next 15 years. It will generate about 789 GWh/y, supplying enough energy to benefit more than 300,000 families in the Yucatan Peninsula, according to operator Atlas Renewable Energy.
La Pimienta represents the first large-scale solar renewable energy investment in Campeche, with the participation of the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), National Bank of Public Works and Services (Banobras), MUFG Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and Société Générale.
Commenting on the plant’s opening, Camilo Serrano, General Manager for Atlas Renewable Energy in Mexico, says: ‘We are very proud that our largest project to date is now fully operational. This project is very special for us, as we are able to supply clean energy to the Yucatan Peninsula and avoid the emission of more than 1.7mn tonnes of CO2. In addition, we are able to promote unique social and environmental programmes that will contribute to the well-being of the surrounding communities and the preservation of the local ecosystem.’