First Solar has reported its agreements to build four solar power plants with a total of 20 MWAC of generating capacity for PNM Resources.
Based on its advanced thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules, First Solar will extend procurement, engineering, and construction services. PNM is now provided with a choice of expanding the agreement to a sum of 22 MWAC.
Following the five projects totaling 22 MW completed by First Solar for PNM in 2011, these new solar projects are now being initiated to supplement the previous one.
Though the project’s schedule is based on the approval of project by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, who is likely decide in the Q4 of 2012, the solar plants are expected to be operational by 2013 end. The four projects have been forecasted to generate a total of approximately 450 construction jobs at peak operations.
According to First Solar Vice President of Engineering, Procurement and Construction, Jim Tyler, the company is delighted to once again extend its co-operation with a well-established renewable energy company like PNM. The advanced technology and superior expertise of First Solar in designing and building solar power plants will lead to providing PNM customers with durable, reliable, clean and sustainable solar electricity.
The solar plants will collectively produce sufficient clean energy to act as a power source for up to 7,000 average New Mexican homes, wherein 31,000 metric tons of carbon-dioxide has been released every year which is akin to removing 6,000 cars off the road.