Xcel, NextEra Comission 140 MW of New Solar in New Mexico

By Editors of Power Engineering

NextEra Energy Resources and Xcel Energy officially celebrated the commissioning of the new Roswell and Chaves County Solar Energy Centers.

Together, the centers feature 600,000 solar panels with trackers that follow the sun from east to west to maximize energy production. The two will generate 140 MW, or enough for over 40,000 homes.

“Our customers have told us they want more affordable, renewable energy, generated by the state’s own sunshine, and these projects are an excellent demonstration of how we are delivering on that commitment for our customers,” said David Hudson, president of Xcel Energy New Mexico and Texas. “Additionally, this is an opportunity for Xcel Energy to diversify our energy production resource mix in an economical manner.”

NextEra developed and built the projects and will own and operate them.

In a release NextEra estimated the projects will avoid 240,000 of carbon emissions that would have been generated via hydrocarbons.

Approximately 300 people constructed the project. 

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