ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Affordable Solar, the most experienced solar power solution provider in New Mexico, proudly announces the company has been selected to build a 30 MW photovoltaic project for the Facebook Data Center in Los Lunas, NM. PNM has awarded Affordable Solar the $37 million contract for engineering, procurement, and construction of the 30MW solar generation project. Construction on the first of three 10MW sites will begin in mid-2017. The new solar energy facilities will utilize solar tracking technology developed by Array Technologies, a New Mexico-based industry leader.
Kevin Bassalleck, President of Affordable Solar, states, "We're honored to have been selected by PNM to design and construct the solar facilities that will power Facebook's new data center in Los Lunas. It's a continuation of the working relationship we've established with PNM over many years, and we're grateful to have been provided this new opportunity as they deploy more utility-scale solar. They are a key partner of ours and are a pleasure to collaborate with."
PNM has already invested nearly $270 million in solar farms across the state in recent years and the new sites will add to its renewable energy footprint. "This project clearly demonstrates some of the best possible outcomes of an economic development project: supporting a local renewable energy business, creating local construction jobs and helping to grow our economy here in New Mexico," said Pat Vincent-Collawn, chairman, president and CEO of PNM.
The Facebook Data Center Solar Energy Generation project will enable access to 100 percent renewable energy though use of the ground-mounted single-axis tracker photovoltaic installation. Additional data points for the project include:
- Solar plant will be comprised of three 10MWac sites
- Utilizing approximately 115,000 photovoltaic panels
- Creating 40 new full-time positions at Affordable Solar
- Each site is anticipated to involve over 120 construction jobs
The effort to support economic development through job creation led Bassalleck to state, "These projects will allow our company to open our doors to a new group of solar industry employees. As a result of this partnership, we're excited to announce that in the coming months, Affordable Solar will be hiring over 40 new full-time employees, and each of the three solar projects will employ over 120 workers during the course of construction."
About Affordable Solar:
Affordable Solar is the most experienced solar contractor based in New Mexico. With two decades of solar installation experience, Affordable Solar has become a trusted partner for clients, and works tirelessly and with integrity to evaluate projects and provide solutions that meet our clients' goals, capital return requirements, and overall project objectives in a safe, efficient, and cost-effective manner. On an annual basis, Affordable Solar designs and constructs nearly 30 MW of combined utility, commercial, and industrial solar installations in New Mexico. Our success stems from the professionalism and honesty we provide to clients, both large and small, and our mission is centered on maintaining these traits while ensuring the success of our client's projects.
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