Sitting on 210-acres of privately owned land near Santa Teresa, Mexico, NRG Solar’s, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, 20MW (AC) Roadrunner Solar Generating Facility has officially begun to produce electricity. The company noted that this is the second-largest PV plant in New Mexico and the third large-scale solar plant NRG has brought online. Solar power produced by the Roadrunner plant will be sold to El Paso Electric under a 20-year PPA.
First Solar, which provided the engineering, construction and procurement services for the project, supplied its thin-film PV modules mounted on single-axis trackers for the 20MW project. The company will additionally act as the operations and maintenance contractor for the facility.
“On the heels of our recent commencement of operations at the Avenal Solar Generating Facility in California we now have our first solar facility operating in New Mexico, signaling that our diligent labors last year are starting to bear fruit,” said Tom Doyle, president of NRG Solar and NRG’s West Region. “We celebrate this milestone with our customers and business partners in New Mexico, where our facility will help harness the state’s plentiful solar resources to meet its renewable energy goals.”