El Paso Electric (EPE) and Newman Solar have signed an agreement to build a 10Mw solar energy facility at Northeast El Paso in Texas.

Under the agreement, Colorado-based juwi solar (JSI), the owner of Newman Solar, will be responsible for developing, designing, building and operating the Newman Solar project.

The design phase of the Newman Solar project will begin in early summer of this year, while construction and final completion is expected by the end of 2014.

The new facility, which will be built on about 100 acres site, will help power over 3,800 homes throughout the year.

EPE and JSI have signed a 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for 10Mw (AC) of solar PV energy in which EPE will purchase all of the solar energy, renewable energy credits and associated attributes.

JSI CEO Michael Martin said, "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."