Solar power

El Paso Electric has a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for all energy generated by the power plant.

Located on about 600 acres of State Trust land near Deming, New Mexico, the plant is claimed to be the state’s largest solar power plant and will generate enough clean energy to power approximately 18,000 homes in El Paso Electric’s service territory.

First Solar developed and constructed the project, working closely with the New Mexico State Land Office and El Paso Electric. The plant will operate on a commercial lease from the State Land Office.

First Solar senior vice president of business development Tim Rebhorn said, "We are proud of our successful ongoing relationship with Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy. We are pleased to provide another best-in-class PV power plant to the partnership’s growing renewable energy portfolio."

Macho Springs is the third project Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy have acquired from First Solar. In April 2013, the partnership purchased the 139MWAC Campo Verde Solar Facility in Imperial County, Calif., and in 2010 the group bought the 30MWAC Cimarron Solar Project adjacent to Ted Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch in northern New Mexico.

This project will displace more than 40,000 metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of taking 7,500 cars off the road, and will displace more than 340,000 metric tons of water consumption annually in southern New Mexico and west Texas.

Image: First Solar Sells Macho Springs Solar Project. Photo: Courtesy of Pixomar/