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Spanish and Italian firms complete joint wind project in Mexico

EGP’s first Mexican wind plant begins operation using Gamesa turbines

The wind farm is now in operation
The wind farm is now in operation

An Italian energy company’s first wind farm in Mexico has started operating using Spanish technology. Enel Green Power’s 74 MW plant in Mexican wind hot-spot, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, has been completed, which consists of Gamesa turbines.

The Bii Nee Stipa II plant features 37 Gamesa G80-2.0 MW turbines, representing an investment of USD 160m. According to EGP, the park is able to generate over 250 million kWh of clean energy annually, thereby avoiding atmospheric emissions of over 100 thousand tonnes of CO2 every year. 

Francesco Starace, CEO of Enel Green Power, said: "Bii Nee Stipa II is Enel Green Power’s first venture into wind power technology in Mexico. We will continue to grow in the country with this technology as well as hydro, a sector in which we are already present in Mexico. We have development plans in this important country, encompassing all the generation technologies we have at our disposal, given the major opportunities we can see in this sector.”

EGP have been active in the Mexican hydroelectric sector since 2007, with a total installed capacity of 53 MW across three hydroelectric plants. Gamesa already has a strong wind presence in Mexico, including putting into operation more than 100 MW of wind farms.

Gamesa completing the Bii Nee Stipa II plant follows another wind development in Mexico from Danish firm Vestas. The company has set a deal with firm Grupo Dragon for a 50 MW plant in Mexico. The farm will be located in Los Altos and will be the first large wind project outside the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region.