El Paso Electric celebrated the addition of a 20 kilowatt (kW) (DC) Van Horn Solar Installation to its power generation mix with a special event attended by Van Horn community members. The facility is located at EPE’s Customer Service Office in Van Horn, Texas and is part of the ongoing commitment that EPE made to build more solar power in the region.
The Van Horn Solar Installation was constructed by Solar Solutions, Inc. The PV system consists 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 generation from this system will be enough to power about seven houses throughout the year.
“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,” said Tom Shockley, Chief Executive Officer at EPE. “Projects like the Van Horn Solar Installation allow EPE to be at the forefront of the solar energy industry, which is fitting given our location and abundance of the solar resource.”
EPE 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 EPE’s dedicated generation, which includes long-term purchase power agreements, will come from solar energy.