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China firm provides solar panels for largest Latin America PV Project

Suntech will supply 132,000 Ve and Vd solar panels to 100 hectare PV power plant in Mexico

The Mexican PV power plant will be the largest in Latin America

Chinese solar panels totalling 30MW are being used to build the largest PV project in Latin America. China firm Suntech will supply solar panels for the 100-hectarePV plant, Aura Solar, in Mexico.

Over 130,000 solar panels will be used for the plant, making it the largest solar project in Latin America. It will be the first utility-scale solar project in Mexico, with a Power Purchase Agreement from Mexico's federal power company.

E.L. McDaniel, managing director of Suntech America, said: "We are very excited to supply the panels for the largest solar field in Latin America. With Mexico's excellent sunlight and strong renewable energy demand, we expect to see excellent growth of PV in the region."

The solar plant will have a production capacity of 82 GWh/year, equal to offsetting 60,000 tonnes of CO2 emotion a year. Construction of the plant is set to be complete in August 2013.

IMartifer Solar, a solar company based in Portugal, will be responsible for installing the project. The firm will develop it in cooperation with Gauss Energia, a Mexican company experienced in renewable energy projects, with financial support from the International Finance Corporation and Mexican local development.

Henrique Rodrigues, CEO of Martifer Solar, said: "This is an emblematic project for Martifer Solar, in a region that, due to its irradiation characteristics, finds solar electricity as a viable and more competitive alternative, when compared with non-renewable energy sources."

Hector Olea, CEO of Gauss Energia, added: "With Mexico's solar potential expected to reach around 2,000MW by 2020, Aura Solar has broken ground in the PV sector, and it is paving the way for future projects in the field.''