SunEdison and Southwestern Public Service Company have started building a photovoltaic solar deployment in New Mexico, US.
The site is one among five separate sites in Lea and Eddy counties to be built, financed and maintained by SunEdison.
The project will comprise utility-scale, photovoltaic solar power arrays, which will deliver over 112 million kVh of solar energy in the first year of operation.
The total 54MW deployment will generate 2 million MWh of energy over 20 years – sufficient for over 192,000 average US homes per year.
The five-site solar deployment includes an 8.22MW solar power system, constructed and activated by SunEdison, a MEMC Electronic Materials subsidiary, in December 2007.
SunEdison is building this deployment under a 20-year solar power services agreement with Xcel Energy, Southwestern’s parent firm, which will buy energy generated by the solar power plants.
The solar deployment will enable Xcel Energy to continue meeting New Mexico’s renewable portfolio standard, which requires regulated electric utilities to meet 15% of their electricity needs through renewable energy sources by 2015, and 20% by 2020.