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Jan. 27, 2016
PNM holds dedication ceremony for South Valley and Santolina Solar Energy Centers

Two new large scale solar facilities go online in Bernalillo County

 

Albuquerque:  Today, PNM and local public officials formally held a dedication ceremony for South Valley and Santolina Solar Energy Centers located in Bernalillo County. Combined, these large scale solar facilities have 81,050 solar panels that provide the equivalent energy used by about 8,225 average residential customers in one year.

"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 Bernalillo County."

These two new solar centers came online at the end of 2015. Together, these facilities represent an investment of close to $40 million, created hundreds of temporary jobs, and an estimated $360,000 in new tax revenue annually for Bernalillo County.

"Bernalillo County is proud to be a leader in the pursuit of renewable energy," said Commissioner De La Cruz. "We're pleased to work with PNM on this large scale solar center which created hundreds of temporary construction jobs and adds about $360,000 in new tax revenue for our county. These facilities are a great addition to the South Valley." 

PNM South Valley Solar Energy Center

This $20 million dollar 10-megawatt energy center, located in the southwest part of Bernalillo County, has 40,250 solar panels that provide the equivalent energy used by about 4,025average residential customers. Construction of the center created about 260 local temporary jobs. It will also provide an estimated $158,000 annually in new tax revenue for Bernalillo County.

PNM Santolina Solar Energy Center

This $20 million dollar 10.5-megawatt energy center, located just west of Albuquerque, has 40,800 solar panels that provide the equivalent energy used by about 4,250 average residential customers. Construction of the center created about 296 local temporary jobs. It will also provide an estimated $200,000 annually in new tax revenue for Bernalillo 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.

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