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Chinese Firm Wins Panel Contract For Massive Sonoran Solar Array

Puerto Libertad solar
Acciona Energy
The massive solar array will generate enough power for nearly 600,000 homes.

A Chinese firm has won a contract to supply the solar panels and other equipment for a massive array in the Mexican state of Sonora.

JA Solar Holdings will provide the solar modules to the Puerto Libertad project, which is expected to generate up to 963 gigawatt hours, enough to power nearly 600,000 Mexican homes.

The Spanish firm Acciona and Mexican firm Tuto Energy are behind the project, and recently secured $224 million in financing for it. Construction started earlier this year about a five hour drive southwest of Nogales on the Sea of Cortez.

JA Solar recently won a similar contract for another smaller — but still sizable — solar array in Sonora.

The company established a Mexican subsidiary last year and is optimistic about the potential for growth in the country, according to a recent release.

"JA Solar will continue to focus on expanding its share of the market in the region, and providing customers with more reliable (photovoltaic) modules and higher-quality services," Vice President Cao Bo said in the release.

Born and raised in the Intermountain West, Murphy Woodhouse has called southern Arizona home for most of the last decade. He’s one of two field correspondents at KJZZ’s Hermosillo bureau, where his reporting focuses on the trade relationship between Arizona, Sonora and the rest of Mexico.Before joining the station, Murphy was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and the Nogales International. Prior to his reporting career, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies and did three wildfire seasons with the Snake River Hotshots. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism.When he’s not reporting, Murphy is often out in the woods running or riding singletrack, or swinging in a hammock with a book.