NEXTracker Uses Speed and Smarts to Help Build Largest Solar Power Plant in the Americas

Coahuila, Mexico

Project Overview

Sprawled across more than 23 square kilometers (9 square miles) of arid desert in Coahuila, Mexico, the grid-connected 828 MW Villanueva solar power plant represents a pinnacle of innovation, quality, supply chain management, and logistical orchestration. The yearly output of the plant surpasses 1,850 gigawatt hours of energy, enough electricity to annually meet the consumption needs of over 1.4 million Mexican households and offset more than a million tons of carbon emissions.

 

Villanueva
PROJECT NAME
Enel Green Power (EGPM)
DEVELOPER
NEXTracker
EPC
28,668
TRACKER ROWS
2,580,120
MODULES
Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE)
SUBCONTRACTOR

 

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The Challenge

The unprecedented size of Villanueva demonstrates NEXTracker’s ability to massively scale in emerging solar markets and innovate with on-time, high-quality PV system deployment. Some 40 kilometers of onsite roadbuilding supported an entire village of human support and services, including the transportation of 450 daily workers from nearby Torreón and a peak daily flow of 60 trucks traveling to all corners of the site. 

 

NEXTracker Solution: NX Horizon

The NX Horizon™ solar tracker is easily and rapidly installed and features enhanced energy yield and lower operations and maintenance (O&M) cost. The architecture also facilitates sequential commissioning as the project installation progresses, which resulted in the generation and transmission of electricity nine months ahead of schedule at Villanueva.

Debuting NEXTracker’s monitoring and control platform, NX Data Hub, Villanueva is one of the largest—and smartest—solar PV plants in the world, with a modern Web interface that offers advanced data collection and bidirectional communication via Flex’s cyber-secure SmartNexus™ platform, and industry-leading asset management capabilities. Contracted to manage ongoing monitoring and digital O&M initiatives for Villanueva, NEXTracker provides EGPM with a full-spectrum global services program across the power plant lifecycle, from manufacturing to construction and maintenance throughout its operational life.

 

 

Benefits

Villanueva provides inexpensive, clean electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the region, significantly increasing the renewable portfolio of the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), one of the largest electricity generators, distributors, and marketers in Mexico. Under the terms of the PPAs, EGPM will supply electricity for 15 years and clean energy certificates for 20 years.

 

 

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