Project Type: First Solar thin-film solar panels
Project Location: Luna County, New Mexico
Project Owner: Macho Springs Solar LLC
Fuel Source: Solar
Project Capacity: 50 MW AC
Commercial Operation Date: May 2014

Project Description

Macho Springs Solar Facility, located in Luna County, New Mexico, is a 50 MW AC ground mounted single-axis tracking PV system. This project is a result of a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Macho Springs Solar, LLC (owned by Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy). The seller agreed to provide EPE with solar energy, associated capacity attributes and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).

Construction of the facility began July 1, 2013 after EPE received an approval from the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission.

Macho Springs is located on almost 600 acres of land, or about the size of 300 football fields. It generates power from 704,160 photovoltaic solar modules manufactured by First Solar. The facility was interconnected to EPE 345-kV Luna-Springerville transmission line via Macho Spring Substation and began commercial operation in May 2014. It is the largest solar project in New Mexico. This project alone doubled EPE’s solar energy portfolio mix at the time of its construction. Macho Springs Solar facility also resulted in EPE becoming a national leader when based on a solar energy per customer basis. 

In addition, Macho Springs Solar Power Facility generates enough clean energy to power more than 19,500 homes. This project will displace more than 40,000 metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of taking 7,500 cars off the road, and will displace more than 340,000 metric tons of water consumption annually in southern New Mexico and west Texas.

Macho Springs Solar Facility production over the past 12 hours

* Number of homes powered for the year based on average home yearly energy consumption.
** Number of homes being powered based on average home hourly energy consumption.