​El Paso Electric Builds Solar Power Plant for U.S. Air Force
November 2017

El Paso Electric (EPE) and the United States Air Force announced in November the construction of a 5-megawatt (mw) solar power plant that will serve Holloman Air Force Base (HAFB) in New Mexico.

The solar power plant will be an EPE-owned power plant dedicated to providing renewable energy to HAFB and is the first project that EPE will build to serve a military base.

"Providing our warfighter with diverse, resilient energy sources is a key component of mission assurance. The Air Force is committed to providing installations the support they need to determine where initiatives and technologies such as on-base solar can complement and enhance installation energy assurance plans," said Dan Soto, Renewable Energy Division Chief at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center.

With the addition of the new plant, EPE will increase its total renewable energy resources to 115 mw.

"We are proud to be working with the Air Force by providing large-scale solar to help ensure energy security now and in the future," said Mary Kipp, El Paso Electric president and CEO. “As a recognized leader in the implementation and expansion of utility-scale solar energy, we hope this collaboration with the Air Force, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, and everyone involved will lead to additional projects with organizations who share our goal of fostering affordable, sustainable energy in our region.”

The facility is expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2018 and will utilize nearly 56,000 thin-film modules, which will generate enough energy to power more than 1,700 homes each year.

This is another example of electric companies’ commitment to a cleaner energy future and to leading in solar development.