October 22 (Solar) – El Paso Electric (NYSE:EE) announced last week the completion of its 5-MW photovoltaic (PV) plant at the Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.
The solar facility, the company's first built to serve a US military installation, spans 42-acres (17 hectares) and is expected to generate enough power to meet the annual demand of over 1,700 homes while offseting more than 9,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.
Comprised of of almost 56,000 thin-film modules, the Holloman Atlas Solar Array, as it is named, will also save approximately nine million gallons (34m litres) of water.
High-tech engineering company Exyte Energy Inc was in charge of the development of the PV plant, breaking ground in 2017 and creating over 90 jobs through the duration of construction, El Paso stated. With the completion of Holloman Atlas, the company's renewable energy portfolio increases to a total of 115 MW, it noted.