Photo: Nicholas Park/LinkedIn
Over 100 Tesla Megapacks were delivered for installation at Arroyo Solar and Storage in New Mexico. The facility will be part of a project that will replace the old coal-fired power plant.
The Arroyo Solar and Storage project in New Mexico has moved into the installation phase of Tesla Megapack batteries. According to Nicholas Park, Chief Operating Officer of NuConsult Services, on LinkedIn, the Megapack 2 batteries have already been delivered to the site and are being installed. He shared two photos, one of which clearly shows that the site has been prepared for 101 units. Another photo shows that the Megapacks continue to be installed with four already in place.
In November 2021, Wells Fargo closed its first tax equity investment into a solar project paired with battery storage, a large-scale plant being built in New Mexico, US. The new investment relates to the Arroyo Solar and Storage project in New Mexico, which combines 300MWac of solar PV with a 150MW/600MWh battery energy storage system (BESS). The Arroyo project is being developed by DE Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI), a developer, owner, and operator of long-term renewable energy contracts. This is also DESRI's first participation in the solar-plus-storage project.
Arroyo Solar and Storage Project is central to a plan by utility company Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) to procure nearly a gigawatt of energy from solar and energy storage facilities and replace San Juan Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant that is closing down. In October 2020, PNM said three other solar and storage projects would fill the gap left by the San Juan shutdown, the largest being Arroyo.
The 300MWac solar PV plant is being built by Sundt Construction. The array will use NEXTracker's tracking systems, while BESS will comprise Tesla Megapacks. Local company Affordable Solar Installation will construct BESS. Operation and maintenance (O&M) will be provided by Tesla and SOLV Energy.
“Arroyo is a keystone project for our companies, given the incorporation of energy storage as well as the important role that the facility will play in New Mexico’s energy transition,” DESRI chief commercial officer Thomas de Swardt said.
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