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New Mexico has new solar options

Sept. 1, 2011 at 10:25 AM   |   Comments

PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A solar power facility in New Mexico has started churning out renewable energy for thousands of homes, an energy company announced.

NRG Solar, a subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc., announced its 20-megawatt Roadrunner facility near the New Mexico border with Texas is now operating at full capacity.

The facility uses a series of solar panels that track the movement of the sun. This lets it produce more electricity when compared with fixed tilt installation panels, the company said.

The solar power facility sits on 210 acres of private land near El Paso, Texas. The electricity generated by the Roadrunner facility will be sold to El Paso Electric under the terms of a 20-year agreement.

The New Mexico project is NRG's third-largest facility and the first outside California.

U.S. President Barack Obama said he'd like to see more renewable energy projects come online in the country. NRG, based in New Jersey, has more than 2,000 megawatts of solar projects under development.

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