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N.M. Solar Plant Gets Go-ahead

June 11, 2013
Southwest Solar Plant

New Mexico utility regulators have cleared the way for construction to begin this summer on New Mexico's largest solar power plant, which will sell all its power to El Paso Electric.

The New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission last week approved a 20-year power purchase agreement between First Solar Inc. of Phoenix and El Paso Electric for power from the 50-megawatt Macho Springs Solar Project near Deming.

The plant will provide enough power for about 18,000 homes.

First Solar, which is still securing construction permits, expects construction to begin in July, it reported.

About 300 construction jobs will be created. First Solar's lease payments on state trust land, where the plant will be located, are expected to generate up to $40 million over a 40-year lease period to help fund schools and hospitals, a state official said.


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