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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.

Murphy Woodhouse was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.