Affordable Solar, a solar provider based in New Mexico (US), announced that the company has been selected to build a 30MW photovoltaic project for the Facebook Data Center in Los Lunas, New Mexico.
PNM has awarded Affordable Solar the $37 million contract for engineering, procurement, and construction of the 30MW solar generation project. Construction on the first of three 10MW sites will begin in mid-2017. The new solar energy facilities will utilize solar tracking technology developed by Array Technologies, a New Mexico-based industry leader.
PNM has already invested nearly $270 million in solar farms across the state in recent years and the new sites will add to its renewable energy footprint.
The Facebook Data Center Solar Energy Generation project will enable access to 100 percent renewable energy though use of the ground-mounted single-axis tracker photovoltaic installation. Additional data points for the project include:
- Solar plant will be comprised of three 10MWac sites
- Using approximately 115,000 photovoltaic panels
- Creating 40 new full-time positions at Affordable Solar
- Each site is anticipated to involve over 120 construction jobs