Regulators approve PNM solar plan

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — PNM's plan to build four more solar-powered generating stations has been approved by state regulators.

The Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the utility's renewable energy procurement plan for next year. The solar arrays will represent a more than $79 million-dollar investment.

PNM's director of resource planning, Pat O'Connell, says another 40 megawatts of solar power will be added to the utility's capacity once the generating stations are complete. That's enough to power more than 16,000 average homes.

The utility says it's still assessing potential sites for the new solar centers, primarily in Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties.

PNM currently has eight solar centers in operation and three under construction.

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