Construction begins on 200 MW San Juan solar + storage project in N.M.

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D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI), in partnership with Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) and SOLV Energy, recently celebrated the groundbreaking of the San Juan 1 project. The project is a 200 MWac solar and 400 MWh storage facility located in Farmington, New Mexico.

“In the face of numerous headwinds facing the industry over the last two years, we deeply appreciate the hard work, creativity, and persistence of our partners to successfully bring this project into construction,” said Thomas de Swardt, chief commercial officer of DESRI.

The event was attended by local stakeholders, as well as leadership from the three companies, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Navajo Nation, San Juan County, the cities of Kirtland and Farmington, and the state of New Mexico. The groundbreaking commemorated San Juan 1’s contribution to New Mexico’s energy transition and commitment to investing in the Four Corners region, while also expressing gratitude to the community’s history of energy production and powering the Southwest.

“The dedication of San Juan Solar 1 marks further progress in PNM’s clean energy transformation,” said Maureen Gannon, VP and chief sustainability officer of PNM. “This day is a credit to New Mexico’s Energy Transition Act for promoting the placement of new clean energy resources in this region as we transition out of coal generation, in addition to providing financial support to the impacted workers and tribal communities.”

The San Juan 1 project has 20-year power purchase agreements with PNM and is currently being constructed by SOLV Energy.

“The transformation of the San Juan Solar and Storage Project marks a milestone that’s about more than just generating power,” said George Hershman, CEO of SOLV Energy. “The solar industry is a beacon of opportunity that powers over 260,000 careers nationwide and this project is paving the way for high-paying jobs right here in New Mexico. We look forward to continued collaboration with our partners to bring the benefits of solar to the San Juan community.”

The solar + storage facility is expected to begin commercial operations toward the end of the year 2024.

“San Juan County has a long and proud history of providing for the energy needs of hard-working Americans. We are pleased to make this solar addition to the energy portfolio within the San Juan Basin,” said San Juan County Commissioner Steve Lanier, who also spoke at the event. “We welcome DESRI’s investment in our community and look forward to continued partnership.”

— Solar Builder magazine



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