DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A wholesale provider that serves rural electric cooperatives in four states has signed a contract to buy power from a planned solar farm in southern New Mexico.
The solar farm is expected to come online in December 2016. Its more than 108,000 photovoltaic solar panels will be located on a 220-acre site northeast of Deming.
Tri-State member Columbus Electric will receive power from Alta Luna. The co-op serves about 3,000 customers.
The Alta Luna project marks Tri-State's second utility-scale solar purchase agreement in New Mexico. In 2010, the utility began receiving power from a 30 MW solar farm in Colfax County.