Juwi solar teams with El Paso Electric on 10-MW project

Juwi solar Inc. said Feb. 19 that it it will be responsible for developing, designing, building and operating  a 10-MW solar energy facility in Northeast El Paso, Texas.

El Paso Electric (EPE) and Newman Solar LLC, owned by Colorado-based juwi solar, have signed an agreement to build a 10-MW facility next to EPE’s Newman Generation Station. Juwi solar will be responsible for developing, designing, building and operating the Newman Solar project.

The design phase will begin in early summer of this year, shortly followed by construction and final completion of the project tentatively scheduled for the end of 2014.

“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 Tom Shockley, Chief Executive Officer at EPE. “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. EPE is at the forefront in the solar energy industry, which is fitting given our location and abundance of the solar resources. We continue to look for the most cost-effective and reliable resources for our customers which today is led by natural gas resources that support and enable us to expand our solar portfolio.”

The facility will be built on approximately 100 acres. EPE will sublease the land in partnership with the El Paso Water Utilities (EPWU) and currently leased to EPE for the Newman Generation Station.

The Newman Solar photovoltaic project will be constructed by Newman Solar LLC. The energy from the project is being secured through a cost competitive, 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA) when considered from a total resource cost basis. The 10-MW (AC) ground-mounted PV system will interconnect to EPE’s new Patriot Substation via a dedicated 13.8-kV distribution feeder. The contractual Commercial Operation Date (COD) for the solar facility is December 2014.

“We are incredibly 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,” said Michael Martin, CEO of juwi solar. “We also eagerly anticipate breaking ground and completing our second utility-scale solar project in the state of Texas.”

EPE currently has 47 MW of solar power in its generation mix and recently secured an additional 50 MW of solar power that will be online by the summer of this year. In total, 5% of EPE’s dedicated generation, which includes long-term purchase power agreements, will come from solar energy.

El Paso Electric (NYSE: EE) is a regional electric utility providing generation, transmission and distribution service to about 392,000 retail and wholesale customers in a 10,000 square mile area of the Rio Grande valley in west Texas and southern New Mexico. El Paso Electric has a net dependable generating capability of 1,852 MW.

Juwi solar is a privately-held solar energy generation company based in Boulder, Colo. Its primary business is the development, design, construction, operation and maintenance of utility-scale (1 MW and larger) solar generation facilities in North America. To date JSI has built large-scale solar projects in Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas, totaling more than 100 MW of operating capacity. It also provides operations, monitoring, and maintenance services customized for each solar facility and to each owner’s needs and is currently performing these services for 182 MW of solar facilities in the U.S.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.