Power Electronics is the supplier of 275 MW of capacity in the shape of a series of HEC V1500 solar inverters destined for two large-scale photovoltaic power plants in Mexico. These have been designed by Iberdrola Renewables, with the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) aspects of the project in the hands of Iberdrola Engineering. The Hermosillo photovoltaic plant in the state of Sonora has a capacity of 136 MWdc-100 MWac, while 231MWdc-170 MWac is accounted for by the Santiago facility in San Luís de Potosí. Both facilities are expected to come online in 2018. This marks the first presence of the solar division of Power Electronics in Mexico, where the company’s industrial division is already the leading supplier of electronic actuators for low- and medium-voltage motors.
This deal marks, for Power Electronics, the milestone of more than five gigawatts of installed capacity, with almost one gigawatt accounted for by its new generation of 1500 V inverters. This equipment differentiates itself from its competitors by offering a modular power stage and a failsafe control system which, when combined with other features such as filterless cooling, make it a unique product capable of working at up to 50°C without any drop in output, even under the most demanding of operating conditions.
With long-term power auctions, clean-energy certificates and tax incentives for acquiring power generating equipment, the country aims to generate 35% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2024. This makes the Mexican market a top priority for Power Electronics, given its already extensive experience in the country’s industrial sector.
Iberdrola, with its history going back over 170 years, is now a leading multinational in the energy sector. It produces and supplies electricity to almost 100 million people in the countries where it has a presence. The company has also positioned itself as a leader in the “green” energy sector. Iberdrola is the biggest producer, among European and US utilities, of energy from renewable sources, with electricity accounting for virtually zero emissions. It is a pioneer in the deployment of “smart” grid networks, and possesses more than 4 GW of energy storage capacity.