PNM To Dedicate Its First Large-Scale Solar Plant

KRWG News – ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRWG) New Mexico's largest electric utility plans to unveil the first of five solar generating stations it will build this year to help meet state renewable energy requirements.

Public Service Company of New Mexico's 2-megawatt photovoltaic plant in Albuquerque will be dedicated Wednesday.

This will mark the second major solar facility to open in New Mexico in as many days. On Tuesday, a Chevron subsidiary completed a 1-megawatt concentrating photovoltaic plant in northern New Mexico.

PNM's Albuquerque Solar Energy Center is made up of 30,000 solar panels spread over 20 acres.

In all, PNM plans to add 22 megawatts of solar-generated power through a handful of projects around the state. Construction on the other four facilities is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

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