Turner Renewable Energy acquires NM's largest solar facility

Posted at: 05/27/2014 9:33 AM
Updated at: 05/27/2014 9:39 AM
By: KOB.com Web Staff

Macho Springs Solar Facility
Macho Springs Solar Facility
Photo: Turner Renewable Energy

LUNA COUNTY -- Atlanta-based Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy have acquired the largest solar facility in New Mexico: the 50-megawatt Macho Springs Solar Facility.

This is the Southern Power-Turner Renewable Energy partnership's seventh solar project and its second-largest overall. The facility is expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 18,000 homes.

The Macho Springs Solar Facility was built and will be operated and maintained by First Solar. Electricity generated by the facility will serve a 20-year purchase power agreement with El Paso Electric. 

Construction of the plant began in July 2013 and commercial operation is targeted for this week. The Macho Springs Solar Facility is located in Luna County, N.M.                            

"The acquisition of the Macho Springs facility is another positive step in advancing the development of solar technologies," said Ted Turner, owner of Turner Renewable Energy. "Turner Renewable Energy is pleased to continue our collaboration as a strategic partner with Southern Company."