El Paso Electric plans to build a small solar system at its customer
service office in Van Horn, the company announced Monday.
The company awarded a contract to Solar Solutions of El Paso to build the $139,000 system, which is to be producing electricity by October. It will generate enough electricity to power five to seven homes during a year.
The 15.4-megawatt system will have 80 photovoltaic panels mounted on top of a roof on an elevated structure, with the space below used for parking or storage, the company reported.
The Van Horn system will be similar to systems the company has installed at the Rio Grande power plant in Sunland Park, N.M., and the Newman power plant in Northeast El Paso.
The Van Horn system is a small piece of El Paso Electric's growing solar-power portfolio. It now gets 47 megawatts of power from solar projects, mostly in New Mexico, and is adding another 50 megawatts by next year. It expects to get 5 percent of its power from solar projects by this time next year.
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