The Cimarron Solar Facility, a 30 MW PV plant in New Mexico, has begun commercial operation. The facility is the first resulting from the partnership between Southern Co. and Turner Renewable Energy and will supply power to the member electric cooperatives of Denver-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.
First Solar Inc. developed and constructed the facility and will provide operation and maintenance services under a long-term contract. The 364-acre plant site is located within the service territory of Tri-State member system Springer Electric Cooperative in Colfax County, N.M., and is adjacent to Turner's Vermejo Park Ranch.
Southern Co. and Turner Renewable Energy acquired the project from First Solar in March 2010. Turner Renewable Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Turner Enterprises with a focus on the development of commercial-scale solar projects.
SOURCE: Southern Co.