eSolar to Develop CSP Plant in New Mexico

El Paso Electric has signed a power purchase agreement for the full capacity of a 92 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant to be developed in southern New Mexico by NRG Energy and eSolar.

Expected to be the first commercial-scale solar thermal project in New Mexico when fully operational in the summer of 2011, the project is part of NRG and eSolar‘s recently announced plans to develop up to 500 MW of solar thermal power in California and across the southwestern US.

The site for the development is a 450 acre (180 ha) property in southwest New Mexico, about 10 miles (16 km) from El Paso, Texas near the City of Sunland Park.

“This plant is an excellent example of the kind of projects New Mexico and the rest of the nation need to further diversify America’s energy portfolio,” said US Senator Jeff Bingaman.

For more information, check out our story from earlier this year, NRG Energy To Develop 500 MW of Solar Thermal.


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