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Enel Green Power to invest $97M to expand 3 projects in Mexico

Enel Green Power Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V. plans to invest roughly $97 million to expand three of its under-construction renewable power facilities in Mexico by about 107 MW, or 10%.

The Enel SpA subsidiary will expand the 754-MW Villanueva and 238-MW Don José solar plants, as well as the 93-MW Salitrillos wind farm under an agreement with the Federal Electricity Commission of Mexico.

The company earmarked around $64 million for the 74-MW expansion of the Villanueva project in the state of Coahuila. The final installed capacity will be approximately 828 MW. The company will spend $21 million on the 22-MW expansion of the Don José project in the state of Guanajuato. The project will have a final installed capacity of approximately 260 MW.

Both of the solar plants will begin operations in the second half of the year, according to a May 10 news release.

The remaining $12 million will be invested in the 10-MW expansion of the Salitrillos project in in the state of Tamaulipas. The project will have a final installed capacity of around 103 MW upon operation in first half 2019.

All three projects involved are backed by contracts for the sale of specific volumes of energy for 15 years and clean Energy certificates for 20 years to the Federal Electricity Commission.

The expansion will contribute to Mexico's goal of 35% power generation from renewables by 2024.