First Solar to Build New Mexico Solar Projects Totaling 20 MW for PNM

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First Solar announced that it is to construct four solar power plants that will be able to generate a combined 20 MW of AC power for PNM Resources Incorporated. They will be able to power up to 6,700 homes.

These new solar projects are in addition to five projects totaling 22 MW that First Solar completed for PNM in 2011, and they could be operational as early as 2013. Although, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has to approve the project first, which can delay it, but it is supposed to make its final decision in the fourth quarter of 2012.

“First Solar is very pleased to be working again with a leader in renewable energy like PNM,” said Jim Tyler, First Solar Vice President of Engineering, Procurement and Construction. “Our advanced technology and unparalleled experience designing and building solar power plants will help ensure PNM’s customers enjoy many years of clean, reliable solar electricity.”
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Note: I’ve started appending AC to my power plant capacity figures because not all power plants and transmission infrastructure are AC, some is DC (but DC is still uncommon). HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) power infrastructure might actually take over one day.

Source: First Solar

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