Tesla Megapack-Equipped Solar Power Plant to Replace Coal Power Plant in New Mexico

Tesla Megapack-Equipped Solar Power Plant to Replace Coal Power Plant in New Mexico

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The Utility Public Service Company of New Mexico aims to replace the San Juan coal-fired power plant with solar panels and energy storage batteries. For this, Tesla Megapack equipment will be used, which will ensure storage and an uninterrupted supply of environmentally friendly electricity.

Energy from the sun is free and environmentally friendly, making it the most attractive for individual households and large utilities alike. Tesla offers various energy storage solutions and its Megapack has become an excellent option for especially large projects.

The Utility Public Service Company of New Mexico's (PNM) plan to procure energy from 950MW of solar and storage facilities by 2022 and replace its retiring 562MW San Juan Generating Station coal plant has received an acceleration, according to the Energy Storage News, via CleanTechnica. Arroyo Solar and Storage Project, a 300 megawatts of AC power (MWac) solar PV plant with 150MWac/600MWh of co-located battery storage in New Mexico's McKinley County, will be the largest of the new clean energy resources PNM will lean on.

On September 20, DE Shaw Renewable Investments (DSRI), a developer, owner, and operator of long-term renewable energy contracts, announced that it had acquired the project from the original developer, Centaurus Renewable Energy, and also closed the loan financing.

The Arroyo project will be built using Tesla Megapack battery storage technology, which will be assembled and integrated by local firm Affordable Solar Installation. The first phase of the project is expected to launch in June next year, with full commercialization in autumn 2022.

The solar farm will use NEXTracker solar PV tracking technology and will be constructed by Arizona-headquartered general contracting firm Sundt Construction. Electrical Consultants Inc will design the project's substation and switchyard and one of its subsidiaries, EPC Services Company will build that infrastructure. Tesla and Swinerton Renewable Energy subsidiary SOLV will perform operations and maintenance (O&M).

Utility PNM announced that the San Juan coal plant will be replaced by a total of four projects, including Arroyo Solar and Storage, with Arroyo being the largest.

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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.

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