El Paso Electric has added solar power to its Newman and Rio Grande power plants. The photovoltaic systems are expected to generate 260,000 kWh per year. That’s enough renewable energy to power almost 40 homes. The photovoltaic systems at the Newman and Rio Grande power plants consist of 360 solar photovoltaic modules each weighing about 38 pounds. When sunlight hits the solar photovoltaic panels, they convert the energy from the sunlight directly into electricity. The solar electricity is then converted to a utility type of electricity via an inverter. The electricity is then metered by the utility and sent directly to the utility’s electric grid for use by the customer.
Details on the Solar Photovoltaic Electric Systems at El Paso Electric’s Newman and Rio Grande Power Plants
How Solar Photovoltaic Systems Work