New Mexico, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Raser Technologies and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson have announced that phase one of construction is set to begin on the first commercial geothermal power project in New Mexico. The power plant will be one of the first in the country to use new low temperature geothermal power generation equipment in a modular power plant design by Raser Technologies.
Raser teamed with UTC Power to develop a rapid deployment strategy utilizing their new PureCycle power generation units. The first commercial geothermal power plant in New Mexico is anticipated to begin producing 10 megawatts (MW) of clean renewable energy by early next year. Phase two of the project will expand the plant to 20-25 MW of power.
“This marks an important step forward for utility-scale, clean, renewable energy. We should be using our geothermal assets more, and the unique technology applied to this plant will allow that to happen,” said Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Chairman of the the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.