NextEra’s 70-MW Chaves County Solar project in N.M. due for start in September

Chaves County Solar LLC applied May 11 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to make market-based sales of energy, capacity and certain ancillary services under a market-based rate tariff.

Chaves County Solar will control and operate a photovoltaic facility with a nameplate capacity of approximately 70 MW located in Chaves County, New Mexico, within the Soutwest Power Pool BAA. The facility may start producing test energy as early as Sept. 1, 2016.

It will interconnect with Southwestern Public Service Co.‘s (SPSC) transmission system. Applicant has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with SPSC for 100% of the power produced by the facility, including the test energy.

Applicant is a unit of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, which is part of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE).

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