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Mexico Plans To Build World’s 8th-Largest Solar Plant In Sonora By 2023

Working with state leaders, Mexico plans to build the world’s eighth-largest solar farm in neighboring Sonora that’s expected to be up and running by the end of 2023.

The planned solar installation will be built on about 5,000 acres of donated land in the popular Sonoran beach town Puerto Peñasco, or Rocky Point, according to Sonora’s governor-elect Alfonso Durazo.

The Mexican government is set to spend $1.68 billion to build the 1,000 megawatt project — a joint venture between the Federal Electricity Commission and the Sonoran government.

The huge facility should be operational in time for an inauguration in December 2023 and will provide energy for both Sonora and neighboring Baja California, Durazo said Monday.

So far, there is no timeline for construction to begin on the ambitious project.

Kendal Blust, an Arizona native, reports from KJZZ’s bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora, focusing on business and economic relationships between Arizona and northern Mexico.Prior to joining KJZZ, Kendal worked at the Nogales International, reporting on border and immigration issues, local government, education and business. While working on her master’s degree at University of Arizona School of Journalism, she did stints with the Arizona Daily Star and the Tico Times in Costa Rica, and completed a thesis project about women art activists in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.In her pre-journalist life, Kendal was a teacher, first helping Spanish high school students learn English, then heading to Tucson to teach fourth grade.When she’s not in the newsroom, Kendal enjoys getting outside for a hike or a swim, catching a good movie, hanging out with family and friends, and eating great food.