Project Type: Solar concentrated photovoltaic
Project Location: Hatch, New Mexico
Project Owner: NextEra Energy Resources
Fuel Source: Solar
Project Capacity: 5 MW
Commercial Operation Date: July 2011
El Paso Electric purchases 5 MW of electricity generated from solar power from The Hatch Solar Energy Center in Hatch, New Mexico. The Center, which began operation in July 2011, is owned and operated by NextEra Energy Resources. The Hatch Solar Energy Center uses concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar power systems, powered by Amonix. Amonix CPV systems convert sunlight directly into electricity by using optical concentrators to focus sunlight onto the world's most efficient multijunction solar cell. This technology uses dual-axis tracking to maximize energy production throughout the day. The Hatch Solar Energy Center is the largest plant in the United States that utilizes this type of technology to harness the sun.
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