Project description

Within the framework of the Aura Solar Initiative, Corporación Aura Solar develops its first international project: Aura Solar II in Honduras. The plant will have a capacity of 61 MWp, with a total investment of US$120, and will generate 125 GWh/year. This project will include the installation of nearly 200,000 polycrystalline solar modules over a surface area of 150 hectares.

El proyecto Aura Solar II en Honduras

Location

The facility, developed by Gauss Energía, is located in Choluteca, in southern Honduras, a region with one of the highest average solar resources in Central America, with an irradiation index of more than 5.5 kWh/m2 per day.

Aura Solar II is located in Choluteca, in southern Honduras

Use of the energy

Aura Solar II will be interconnected with the Santa Lucía substation, where the energy will be delivered to the Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (ENEE), through a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

Aura Solar II will be interconnected with the Santa Lucía substationAura Solar II

Regional development and environmental impact

Corporación Aura Solar, respectful of the environmental, social, labor and industrial security aspects, has assumed specific commitments in these areas, with strict observance of the applicable laws and under the supervision of the financial entities participating in the project. The facility will generate 125 GWh/year, which is equivalent to providing clean energy to more than 80,000 families in Honduras. Aura Solar II will avoid the emission of 90,000 metric tons CO2 per year.

Aura Solar II respetuosa de los aspectos ambientales, sociales, laborales y de seguridad industrial

Partners

Aura Solar II, the largest solar project in the region of Mexico and Central America, will be funded by private investment from Mexico and Honduras, as well as financing from institutions like the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), Bancomext and the German development bank KfW DEG.

Aura Solar II

The Spanish firm Isolux- Corsán, with whom we have signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract that is already under way, will be in charge of construction, startup and operation.The plant will start operations in the second quarter of 2015.

Aura Solar II
GAUSS ENERGIA

GAUSS ENERGÍA

Founded in 2004, Gauss Energía is leader in the development of investment projects specialized in the energy sector in Mexico, whose strength is to generate integrated solutions through sustainable and bankable projects.

IFC

IFC

IFC is a member of the World Bank Group, the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. It was established in 1956 and is owned by 184 member countries.

BANCOMEXT

BANCOMEXT

Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior S.N.C. contributes to the development and generation of employment in Mexico, by financing companies engaged in Mexico’s foreign trade. Created in 1937, Bancomext grants financing and guarantees, either directly or through commercial banking institutions and non-bank financial intermediaries, so that Mexican companies can increase their productivity and competitiveness.

DEG

DEG

A subsidiary of KfW, the German development bank whose mission is to provide entrepreneurial initiatives in developing countries with emerging markets, thus contributing to their sustainable growth and to improving the quality of life of their population.

ISOLUX CORSÁN

ISOLUX CORSÁN

Isolux Corsán is a global benchmark in the areas of concessions, energy, construction and industrial services, with a track record spanning over 80 years of professional activity. It operates in more than 40 countries on four continents, and has a backlog of more than €49 billion. It is one of the first European infrastructure groups.

OST

OST

Consulting and engineering firm specialized in providing technical advice in the area of renewable energies. It has a vast experience in different technologies, ranging from solar, wind, and bioenergy, to generation plants around the world and environmental services.