El Paso Electric Releases Request for Proposal for Two Utility-Scale Solar Projects

August 25, 2014

El Paso, Texas — El Paso Electric Company (EPE) today released a request for proposal (RFP) for Engineering, Procurement and Construction services for two utility-scale solar energy generating facilities. These solar projects could have a combined maximum capacity up to 25 megawatts (MW). The anticipated commercial operation date for both projects is targeted for the end of 2016.

The largest project, a 20 MW solar facility, would be located on approximately 218 acres at the Fort Bliss Army post. The second project is a 3 to 5 MW solar facility that would be located on approximately 20 acres at EPE’s Montana Power Station in Montana Vista.

“We are extremely pleased to continue to look for opportunities to add utility-scale solar resources to our system, and for the chance to work with Fort Bliss to bring cost-effective and reliable energy to all of our customers,” said Tom Shockley, Chief Executive Officer at El Paso Electric. “In the last year alone, EPE has doubled its utility-scale solar portfolio, making EPE a national leader in solar development.”

EPE will extend an electronic invitation to solar companies and entities that have shown interest and/or bid on past EPE Solar Energy Projects and will also post the RFP on EPE’s website at For more information, please contact Paul Garcia at (915) 543-4076. All proposals are due by October 20, 2014.

EPE currently has 97 MWs of solar power in its generation mix and is adding an additional 10 MWs by the end of 2014 once the Newman Solar project in Northeast El Paso is complete.