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Utility-scale Featured Project

Santolina & Santa Fe Solar Energy Centers

SYSTEM TYPEUtility Scale
LOCATIONAlbuquerque & Santa Fe, New Mexico
DC POWER24 MW
CHALLENGESupply reliable electricity to help meet state RPS standards
PRODUCTDuraTrack® HZ v3
COMMISSIONED2015

Challenge: Supply reliable solar electricity to help meet state RPS standards while matching demand profiles

As an investor owned utility (IOU), Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) is constantly seeking ways to provide reliable electricity to more than 500,000 New Mexico homes and businesses when they need it most. In the State of New Mexico, investor-owned utilities are required to generate 20% of their electricity generation from renewables by the year 2020.

Solution: Leading tracking technology assists in elongating the peak power generation profile

Array Technologies’ (ATI) DuraTrack HZ v3 single-axis solar tracking system was chosen for these projects because of its reliable track record with over 5 gigawatts of projects around the world. ATI’s DuraTrack HZ is a pillar of reliable solar technology that will continue to meet PNM’s solar generation requirements for the 30+ year design-life of the product. The solar tracker also provides PNM over 20% additional power output compared to a fixed solar array, especially during peak demand periods late in the afternoon and early evening.