Bloomberg has a report on a solar thermal power plant to be constructed in Mexico - Abengoa to Develop Mexico’s First Solar-Thermal Power Plant in Agua Prieta.
Abengoa SA (ABG), the world’s largest developer of solar thermal plants, plans to build Mexico’s first solar-thermal power plant as part of a gas-fueled combined cycle project in the northern state of Sonora. The Spanish group will build a 12-megawatt solar field using parabolic trough technology in Agua Prieta for the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission, it said today in an e-mail. The plant is expected to start operating in 22 months.
The plant will be one of the first solar and gas-fired hybrid power plants in the world. In such plants, parabolic mirrors concentrate solar energy to heat liquids and power the same turbines used at the much-larger gas power plant. Abengoa commissioned two plants of the same type in Morocco and Algeria last year and Germany’s Solar Millennium AG (S2M) opened a 20-megawatt facility near a 130-megawatt gas project in December.