Local Company, Affordable Solar, Constructs Largest Solar Facility on PNM’s System Ahead of Schedule

New Mexico Renewable Development (NMRD) partnered with Affordable Solar to complete the 50-Megawatt Solar Project

Albuquerque, New Mexico- Albuquerque based Affordable Solar announces
the completion of the Britton Solar Energy Center owned by NMRD, a subsidiary
of  PNM Resources and American Electric Power. The construction,
located in Moriarty and Torrance County, began in March 2019 and took eight
months to complete, ahead of the planned construction schedule.

Sitting on 520 acres of land, Britton Solar Energy Center captures New
Mexico’s sunshine with over 180,000 solar panels. The facility will generate
enough energy to power 25,000 New Mexican homes every year.

“Opportunities like this wouldn’t be possible in our community without
the excellent work being done at NMRD. “ said Kevin Bassalleck, President
at Affordable Solar Installation Inc.

Britton Solar Energy Center is one of many solar sites that will assist
in powering a Los Lunas data center. Affordable Solar has completed three other
ten-megawatt sites and is under construction on another 50 MW site west of
Albuquerque. PNM’s creation of the Green Energy Tariff and NMRD’s investment
makes it possible for out of state companies to do business here
in the state New Mexico, which resulted in approximately 200 new jobs from this
project alone.

On behalf of all the communities and counties in the Estancia Valley,
NM, we are proud to have partnered with PNMR in the implementation of New
Mexico’s largest solar array project, providing solar energy to the NM Facebook
project. “- Myra Pancrazio, Executive Director Estancia Valley Economic Development
Association

The 186,000 panels constructed comprise the largest solar interconnection on
PNM’s transmission system to date. The clean energy produced by the Britton
Solar Energy Center will operate through a Purchase Power Agreement to Public
Service Company of New Mexico. The power will be sold to support the Los Lunas
data center.

About Affordable Solar

Having started in an Airstream trailer in 1998, Affordable Solar’s roots
trace back to a passion for renewable energy, a strong commitment to community,
and having fun. With $140 million in revenue and 100+ employees, Affordable
Solar has outgrown the Airstream but remains committed to the principles on
which the company was founded.

About PNMR

New Mexico Renewable Development, LLC (NMRD) engages in the development,
acquisition, and operation of energy generation assets in the Southwest. 
With the addition of the Britton Solar Energy Center, NMRD will own and manage
7 commercially operational utility-scale photovoltaic projects across New
Mexico.  As the largest project of the fleet, the Britton Solar Energy
Center will approximately double the total Megawatt (MW) capacity in NMRD’s
solar portfolio.

 

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