El Paso Electric and NextEra Energy Resources celebrate commissioning of New Mexico’s largest solar energy center
OTERO COUNTY, New Mexico - April 5, 2023 – Local leaders, community members and partners joined executives from El Paso Electric and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC to celebrate the commissioning of the Buena Vista Energy Center, the largest solar facility in the El Paso Electric (EPE) service region and the largest in the state of New Mexico.
“This powerful relationship alongside NextEra Energy Resources demonstrates the shared vision of El Paso Electric of powering the next hundred years of growth, innovation and economic vibrancy,” said Kelly Tomblin, president and chief executive officer of EPE. “In 2016, we proudly took the step to generate electricity 100% coal-free. In 2021, we made a bold commitment to our customers to transform the energy landscape by 2023 and that continues today.”
The Buena Vista Energy Center spans 1,200 acres located near the community of Chaparral, New Mexico, and will generate up to 120 megawatts (MW) of solar energy, combined with 50 MW of battery energy storage. The energy center, which was developed and will be operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, will generate enough electricity to power approximately 60,000 homes.
Construction of the site generated a significant economic boost to Otero County and the state, creating approximately 150 construction jobs and stimulating the purchase of regional goods and services from local vendors. The energy center will provide many economic benefits for Otero County, including enhancements to local roads, schools and services.
"This solar energy center will generate low-cost, clean energy and provide millions of dollars in additional tax revenue for the county over the next 30 years,” said J.D. Rulien, director of development at NextEra Energy Resources, the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun, and a world leader in battery storage. "We are pleased to work with El Paso Electric to bring online New Mexico’s newest and largest solar energy center."
About El Paso Electric
El Paso Electric is a regional energy provider that is engaged in generation, transmission and distribution service to approximately 460,000 customers in a 10,000-square mile area of the Rio Grande valley in west Texas and southern New Mexico.
About NextEra Energy Resources
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC (together with its affiliated entities, "NextEra Energy Resources") is a clean energy leader and is one of the largest wholesale generators of electric power in the U.S., with approximately 27,400 megawatts of total net generating capacity, primarily in 40 states and Canada as of year-end 2022. NextEra Energy Resources, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun based on 2022 megawatt hours produced on a net generation basis, and a world leader in battery storage. The business operates clean, emissions-free nuclear power generation facilities in New Hampshire and Wisconsin as part of the NextEra Energy nuclear fleet. NextEra Energy Resources offers a wide range of clean energy solutions to help businesses and customers across the country meet their emissions reduction goals. NextEra Energy Resources, LLC is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.NextEraEnergyResources.com