CFE will officially put into operation 14 MW of concentrated solar power (CSP) capacity in the northeastern parts of Sonora state in April.

The solar plant, equipped with parabolic mirrors, is part of the 394.1-MW hybrid power complex Agua Prieta II, which also includes a natural gas-powered combined-cycle generation unit. The World Bank provided financing for the solar thermal portion of the USD-426-million (EUR 392.1m) hybrid scheme.

The plant was constructed by Abengoa, Elecnor and Sener Ciclo Combinado.

This is a first-of-a-kind power generation facility in Latin America, the Mexican state utility noted. The combined-cycle unit alone is expected to be able to generate enough electricity to offset more than 208,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emission each year