El Paso Electric is pleased to announce that it has awarded a contract for the construction and installation of a 15.4kW (AC) photo-voltaic (PV) system at its Van Horn Customer Service Office to begin in early July 2013. The PV facility, which will have an estimated annual output of 33,141 kWh, will be mounted on elevated structures at the Customer Service office located at 207 West Second Street.
The PV system will consist of 80 CentroSolar Poly-Crystalline E250 panels. A monitoring system at the PV facility will allow EPE to measure the performance of each photovoltaic module in order to maximize solar power harvesting. The elevated structures will consist of a closed sealed roof which will protect the mounted PV equipment. The construction of the project was awarded to Solar Solutions, Inc. which is a solar installer in the region. The PV system is expected to be completed and producing electricity by October 2013; the generation from this system will be enough to power five to seven houses throughout the year.
“The installation of the 15.4kW (AC) PV system demonstrates El Paso Electric’s continued commitment to include solar energy in our generation mix,” said Rocky Miracle, Senior Vice President of Corporate Planning and Development at El Paso Electric. “We continue to look forward to future solar projects and the opportunity for education and the growth of renewable energy technologies in our community and within EPE’s service territory.”
El Paso Electric currently has 47 MWs of solar power in its generation mix and recently secured an additional 50 MWs of solar power that should be online by 2014. Within a year, 5 percent of El Paso Electric’s dedicated generation, which includes long-term purchase power agreements, will be from solar.