The largest solar installation in New Mexico was dedicated last week. It is a joint venture between NextEra Energy Resources and Xcel Energy. The 600,000 solar panel facility is so large that it covers parts of Roswell and Chaves counties. In fact, it is known as the Roswell and Chaves County Solar Energy Centers. The solar panels are mounted to tracking devices that follow the sun during the day to maximize the amount of solar energy created. Tracking equipment increases power production by about 10% over traditional fixed panels.
“Solar energy creates solid, high-paying jobs and produces millions of dollars in payments over the life of the project to landowners and local government that directly benefit schools, roads and essential services,” said Mike O’Sullivan, senior vice president of development for NextEra Energy Resources, which developed and built the projects and will own and operate them. “These projects are something we can all be proud of – an investment in the community that will help sustain Chaves County economically and provide clean, renewable energy for generations to come.”