First Solar to Build New Mexico Solar Projects

First Solar has announced that it will construct four solar power plants able to generate a combined 20 MW of AC power for PNM Resources Incorporated.

First Solar has announced that it will construct four solar power plants able to generate a combined 20 MW of AC power for PNM Resources Incorporated. The plant will generate enough electricity 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. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has to approve the project first, which may delay plans, but the commission 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.”