Land of Enchantment welcomes 24 MW of clean solar energy
Breathe easy New Mexico. Solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Affordable Solar, has partnered with Array Technologies, Inc. (ATI), an industry leader in solar tracking technology, to bring clean solar energy to thousands of New Mexicans in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas. Industry pioneers Affordable Solar and ATI are both locally owned and operate out of Albuquerque.
The Santa Fe Solar Energy Center and Santolina Solar Energy Center, roughly 12 MW (dc) each, haven recently been completed near Santa Fe and Albuquerque respectively. The projects' 78,000+ Jinko modules mounted on ATI's DuraTrack® HZ v3 single-axis trackers will provide reliable power to the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM).
The projects were developed by PNM as part of the replacement plan for closing two coal fired units at San Juan Generating Station and also to respond to state-mandated Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). The declining cost of solar energy, combined with solar's ability to provide energy at peak demand times, is driving utility adoption of solar plants to meet RPS requirements across the nation. Solar trackers enhance peak power generation by broadening daily production curves, delivering smooth energy to the grid well into the late afternoon and early evening.
"This has been a great opportunity to work with ATI and to use their new DuraTrack HZ v3 system," said Kevin Bassalleck, President of Affordable Solar's Commercial Division, "ATI's unique tracker design easily accommodates changes in topography and helped achieve PNM's goal of minimizing environmental impact by avoiding any site grading."
"We are proud to partner with Affordable Solar to deliver competitive solar power to PNM here in our home state," explained ATI founder and CEO, Ron Corio. "Thanks to solar tracking technology, Santa Fe Solar Energy Center and Santolina Solar Energy Center will provide smooth and continuous power throughout the day, especially when PNM needs it most."
Chosen for its proven reliability in desert environments, installation efficiency and zero scheduled maintenance for 30 years, Array's DuraTrack HZ v3 system will provide PNM sustainable electricity for years to come.
About Array Technologies, Inc.:
Array Technologies is the worldwide market leader in tracking solutions for utility, commercial and residential solar electric generation systems, with more than 4 gigawatts shipped and installed across the globe. Over the past twenty-five years, Array's innovation in solar tracker design and delivery has set the bar for providing the lowest levelized cost of electricity through our easy to install, maintain, and highly reliable tracking systems. Headquartered in Albuquerque, NM, Array Technologies' solutions are engineered in the USA. For more information about Array Technologies, please visit arraytechinc.com, connect with us on LinkedIn, join us on G+, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
About Affordable Solar:
Affordable Solar, a New Mexico company, specializes in renewable energy systems for residential, commercial and industrial use both domestically and internationally. As a strategically positioned commercial project developer and partner, Affordable Solar has gained expertise in fully integrated solar solutions. Nationally, the company has been awarded distributed generation, commercial, government and utility scale installations. Our expertise goes beyond turn-key solar systems; it extends to education, financing and project support from beginning to end. For more information, visit http://www.thinkaffordablesolar.com/commercial.