Cubico Upgrades Solem II Solar PV Tie Line with ACCC® Conductor

Line with ACCC® Conductor

Written by Dave Bryant

May 6, 2021

Located in the State of Aguascalientes, Central Mexico, the Cubico Alten Solar PV facility is growing from 290 to 540 MW. To enable the added capacity to connect with CFE’s grid, Cubico replaced the existing 795 kcmil Drake size ACSR conductor with 812 kcmil Grosbeak size ACCC® Conductor. ACSS conductor was also considered but it did not meet the ampacity and sag requirements.

With the support of Segal, Viakon, CTC Global, and CFE, compliance with the Mexican Federal Electricity Agency, Centro Nacional de Control de Energía (CENACE) was achieved. Viakon supplied the ACCC Conductor which was installed by Electro Servicios HR, S.A. de C.V., an experienced ACCC Installation contractor. PLP Mexico provided hardware.

CTC Global’s Master Installers Sergio Rojas and Ismael Dones provided installation support and PLP Mexico personnel offered hardware installation training. The 23.7 kilometer reconductor project, which included several road crossings, was completed in 14 days, one week ahead of schedule, and energized on April 9th.

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