The company will provide engineering, procurement and construction services and employ advanced thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules for the project. Expected to be operational by the end of 2013, the project awaits an approval pending from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.

First Solar engineering, procurement and construction vice president Jim Tyler remarked that their advanced technology and unparalleled experience designing will ensure clean and reliable solar electricity.

The solar plants will generate clean energy to power over 7,000 New Mexico homes while reducing 31,000 metric tons of CO2 annually.

PNM has the right to expand the capacity of the projects to a cumulative 22MW in the future.