EPE, Juwi eye 10MW Texas PV
Agreement to develop plant in El Paso, operation slated for year-end
El Paso Electric Company and Juwi-owned Newman Solar have signed an agreement to build a 10MW solar facility in Texas.
The plant will be sited next to EPE’s Newman Generation Station in north-east El Paso and Newman Solar will be responsible for developing, designing, building and operating the project.
The design phase will begin in early summer with construction kicking off shortly after and grid connection slated for the year-end.
EPE and Juwi have signed a 30-year power purchase agreement under which EPE will purchase all of the energy, renewable energy credits and associated attributes of the plant.
“Our commitment to building a portfolio that includes renewable energy technologies in order to complement our local, clean burning natural gas units help make overall power in our region dependable, safe and cleaner,” said EPE chief executive Tom Shockley.
“We continue to look for opportunities to add cost effective solar energy such as the Newman Solar project, which in the long run helps reduce emissions and provide cleaner air.”
Juwi Solar chief executive Michael Martin added: “We are excited to be working with El Paso Electric and others in the El Paso community to provide clean, reliable solar power to EPE customers in a cost-effective manner.
“We also eagerly anticipate breaking ground and completing our second utility-scale solar project in the state of Texas.”
The ground mounted system, which will cover 100 acres, will interconnect with EPE’s new Patriot Substation via a dedicated 13.8 kV distribution feeder.
Image: the project will cover some 100 acres (Juwi)