Jan. 21, 2016
PNM Holds Dedication Ceremony for Santa Fe County Solar Energy Center
37,760 solar panels provide enough energy to power about 3,850 average homes
Santa Fe, N.M.: Today, PNM and local public officials formally held a dedication ceremony for Santa Fe County Solar Energy Center, which came online late last year. The center is built on approximately 80 acres of land east of the I-25 Frontage Road south of the National Guard Armory in Santa Fe County on a 160 acre parcel. PNM invested nearly $20 million on the new 9.5 megawatt solar energy center that has approximately 37,760 solar panels, providing the equivalent energy used by about 3,850 average residential customers.
"PNM is delivering enough renewable energy to power 150,000 homes, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of taking more than 200,000 cars off the road," said Ron Darnell, Senior Vice President of Public Policy, PNM. "PNM is proud of and greatly values our relationship with Santa Fe."
Albuquerque-based Affordable Solar, Inc. and GranSolar, S.A. were chosen through a competitive bid process. Construction of the site created about 296 local temporary jobs and it will generate about $165,000 in property taxes annually for Santa Fe County.
The solar center features solar photovoltaic panels mounted on single-axis tracking devices that follow the sun for increased energy output. The panels are about ten feet high at their maximum angle and utilize thin film technology. Solar panels create no air emissions or waste products and do not use water to produce electricity. The panels can also be recycled at the end of their useful life.
PNM has invested $270 million on solar power in New Mexico and currently has more than one million solar panels at 15 utility scale solar centers statewide providing clean energy for our state.
With headquarters in Albuquerque, PNM is the largest electricity provider in New Mexico, serving more than 500,000 customers in dozens of communities across the state. PNM is a subsidiary of PNM Resources, an energy holding company also headquartered in Albuquerque. For more information, visit PNM.com.