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Work has begun on the construction of the 20MW Coahuila solar power plant in northern Mexico with a 600mn-peso (US$44.5mn) investment by the Coahuila state government.
The plant will cover 45ha, comprise 77,400 solar panels and is being built by Spanish firm Fluitecnik, according to the state government's website.
The plant will supply electricity to the Coahuila state government and the municipal authorities of the cities of Matamoros and Torreón at tariffs 15% below those charged by federal utility CFE.
Matamoros alone will save 1.7mn pesos annually in electricity costs, the city's mayor Raúl Onofre Contreras said.
Construction of the plant will create 200 direct jobs, state governor Rubén Moreira said during the groundbreaking ceremony.