Dubbed the “Cimarron I Solar Project”, the new development in the pipeline for First Solar and its new development partner Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association will be among the largest facilities of its kind in the world.
The power plant, which will be located on a 250-acre site in Colfax County, between the towns of Cimarron and Springer in the north east of New Mexico, will use approximately 500,000 of First Solar’s thin-film solar modules.
At 30MW of annual capacity, “Cimarron” will be the largest photovoltaic project by an electric cooperative, employing 120 to 140 construction personnel for the plant’s construction, which is planned to begin in or before April 2010.
The first phase of the project will see energy being produced by August 2010, and the plant in its entirety should be fully operational by the end of 2010.first portion of the system producing energy by August. The facility is scheduled to be fully operational by the end of 2010.
As well as providing all of the modules for the power plant, First Solar will also provide all engineering, procurement, maintenance and construction services. Tri-State has signed up to purchase the power generated by the plant for the next 25 years, terms of which agreement were not disclosed.