FRV awarded a 300 MW solar project in Mexico’s second electricity market auction

October 27, 2016

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), a leading global developer of large-scale solar power plants, has been awarded a 300 MW solar project in the second electricity market auction, conducted by the National Energy Control Center (CENACE) of Mexico.

With this agreement, FRV extends its global footprint into the Mexican market at very a competitive rate of US$ 26.99/MWh.

The construction of the plant will begin in mid-2018 and will become operational in mid-2019, and will create approximately 250 local jobs as part of the construction phase and a further 20 jobs during operations. The plant will also generate enough green electricity to supply approximately 76,100* homes, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 97.7 million tons of CO2.

Mexico has set a target to generate 35% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2024, making it a strategic market for FRV and attracting a number of international investors.
Through this round of auctions, México plans to build more than 15,000 MW of new installed capacity of renewable energy.

“Mexico is one of the world’s richest markets in renewable energy sources, which presents numerous opportunities for FRV and international investors. FRV’s success in this auction marks a milestone as it further expands the company’s footprint in Latin America and supports its global growth plans,” explains Rafael Benjumea, CEO of FRV. “Our pipeline in the country, in addition to our expertise and competitiveness, places us in a good position to continue participating in future auctions.

FRV has had presence in Latin America since 2013. In July 2015, FRV´s ‘La Jacinta’ solar plant commenced operations, making Uruguay home to one of the largest solar photovoltaics (PV) projects in Latin America.

*This figure is based on green electricity needed to supply average Mexican homes


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Scott Mackin

Managing Partner and Co-President, Denham Capital

Denham Capital has been proud to partner with the team at FRV for nearly three years in this very successful investment. Rafael, José and their colleagues have captured a leading position in key emerging markets where solar undercuts the marginal cost of electricity.

Gianfranco Carassale

Lead Investment Officer, Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC)

Despite their size, they have been competing closely in bids with firms, which had different structures and abilities. This certainly shows their ability to be a strong market competitor. FRV has been a pioneer in market segments where no one had been before, and that has a lot of value.

Scott Mackin

Managing Partner and Co-President, Denham Capital

We’ve greatly enjoyed our collaborative relationship with the team and look forward to seeing FRV continue its success in the future.