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8:09 am
Wed November 20, 2013

NM Utility Unveils Newest Solar Energy Center

New Mexico's largest electric utility has unveiled its newest solar power plant.

PNM says the Manzano Solar Energy Center in Los Lunas spans 60 acres and consists of 108,000 panels that are capable of producing enough electricity for about 2,600 homes. A ceremony was held Tuesday.

Between 2011 and 2012, PNM brought online five utility-scale solar power plants. In addition to the new Valencia County project this year, PNM also plans a solar array near Tularosa.

Construction of the plants is part of the utility's efforts to comply with New Mexico's renewable energy portfolio standards.

The state currently requires 10 percent of electricity produced for customers to come from renewable energy sources. That requirement will jump to 15 percent in 2015 and 20 percent in 2020.

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