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(Credit: OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images) The Logo of Enel Green Power is pictured during a press conference announcing the flotation of its shares on the stock market on October 18, 2010 in Milan. Italy's Enel floated its shares in its Enel Green Power subsidiary in the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in Europe since 2007. The Logo of Enel Green Power is pictured(Credit: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images) A visitor inspects photovoltaic panels operating in the Sishen solar park, operated by Acciona SA, in Kathu, Northern Cape, South Africa, on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. South Africa, which has implemented rolling blackouts this year as electricity demand exceeds supply, is running a five-round program of tenders to tap new sources of energy and encourage more private companies to build power projects. Acciona SA To Ramp Up South Africa Business After Solar Success
March 31
7:42 AM 2016

Mexico is like a fragrant flower that attracted swarm of bees as it draws private companies to bid for power contracts. There were 11 companies that acquired rights to generate and sell 2,085 megawatts of clean power to Comisión Federal de Electricidad, a state-owned electric company.  Among the energy companies, Enel Green Power got the biggest share of the project, winning three solar projects.

Solar Energy panels Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico March 19 2015
(Photo : Bruce Gifford/Contributor) Solar Energy panels Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico March 19 2015

It would be considered the second time that Mexico allowed private companies to compete for power contracts.  The first auction started in 2013 however; the government needs to hold the sale after it was messed up by a marred bid from Gestamp Wind. The past auction's outcome has lesser megawatts contracted and less investment committed.

"For the first time in Mexico, an electricity market has been established where the generation and commercialization of energy are open to free competition," CFE Chief Executive Officer Enrique Ochoa said Wednesday in Mexico City. The projects will "diversify our portfolio" and help the country meet its goal of sourcing 35 percent of its power from clean energy resources by 2024, he said, according to Bloomberg report.

Italy's Enel Green Power equipped with $1 billion investment will build the Villanueva and Villanueva 3 solar plants in Coahuila, a northern Mexico state and will be installed with a generating capacity of 754 megawatts. The third project will be the 238 megawatts Don Jose power plant in Guanajuato, a central Mexico state, reports Fox News Latino.

"We are extremely satisfied with the results achieved, which mark a historic landmark for our company and confirm our global leadership in the renewable energy market," EGP CEO Francesco Venturini said.

Acciona will build a wind farm that could generate 168 megawatts in the state of Tamaulipas.  The project is called El Cortijo and is scheduled to start operations by 2018.

A visitor inspects photovoltaic panels operating in the Sishen solar park, operated by Acciona SA, in Kathu, Northern Cape, South Africa, on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. South Africa, which has implemented rolling blackouts this year as electricity demand exceeds supply, is running a five-round program of tenders to tap new sources of energy and encourage more private companies to build power projects.
(Photo : Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images) A visitor inspects photovoltaic panels operating in the Sishen solar park, operated by Acciona SA, in Kathu, Northern Cape, South Africa, on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. South Africa, which has implemented rolling blackouts this year as electricity demand exceeds supply, is running a five-round program of tenders to tap new sources of energy and encourage more private companies to build power projects.
The Mexican government selected a total of seven renewable energy developers to have a 15-year contract with the government-owned Comisión Federal de Electricidad.  Mexico has a 35% clean energy target by 2024 and is planning in April to hold another power auction, says Solar Industry.
Employees of SunPower Corp. assemble the edges of solar panels at the SunPower Corp. module manufacturing plant at Flextronics in Milpitas, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. SunPower Corp., a Silicon Valley manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar systems, announced today that Akuo Solar, a subsidiary of Paris-based Akuo Energy, has ordered 75,000 high efficiency SunPower solar panels for Akuo's planned 24-megawatt solar development.
Employees of SunPower Corp. assemble the edges of solar panels at the SunPower Corp. module manufacturing plant at Flextronics in Milpitas, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. SunPower Corp., a Silicon Valley manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar systems, announced today that Akuo Solar, a subsidiary of Paris-based Akuo Energy, has ordered 75,000 high efficiency SunPower solar panels for Akuo's planned 24-megawatt solar development.
Other developers included are SunPower Systems Mexico and Recurrent Energy that made up 1.1 gigawatts of the deals while 620 megawatts will be allotted to wind power energy. 

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