PSEG Solar Source on Feb. 18 joined with El Paso Electric (EPE) and juwi solar Inc. (JSI) to formally dedicate the PSEG El Paso Solar Center, which at 13 MW (dc) is El Paso’s largest.
The plant is located on a 100-acre site adjacent to El Paso Electric’s Newman Generating Station in Northeast El Paso. EPE will purchase the electricity produced by the solar facility through a 30-year power purchase agreement. PSEG Solar Source noted that it has 10 facilities in operation, totaling 109.7 MW, with another facility under construction. The facility was built and will be operated by JSI.
“The El Paso Solar Center is another step toward a sustainable future for all,” said Ernesto Rodriguez, Vice President of Business Development at PSEG Solar Source. “This is a great part of the country for a business like ours to be in. We’ve been greeted here with open arms and the climate here is very business friendly.”
“We continue to build a strong and balanced portfolio that includes renewable energy technologies in order to meet the growing energy needs of our community,” said Tom Shockley, Chief Executive Officer at EPE. “By investing in cost-effective solar energy such as the PSEG project, EPE remains at the forefront in the solar energy industry.”
With the addition of this 13-MW solar facility, EPE now has 6% of its dedicated energy generation coming from renewable energy resources, doubling its utility-scale solar portfolio in less than one year and making EPE a national leader in solar development.
“This project was a success due to the excellent teamwork between El Paso Electric, PSEG and JSI, in collaboration with the City of El Paso and the El Paso Water Utility,” said Dan Forrester, project manager for JSI. “We have been impressed with the skill and ability of the local labor force to prepare the site and implement some of the solar industry’s most cutting-edge technologies.”
PSEG Solar Source is a subsidiary of PSEG Power, a merchant power generation company which is part of the Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG) family of companies.