El Paso Electric begins construction on Holloman AFB solar facility

HOLLOMAN AFB, NM (KTSM) - Construction on a new five megawatt solar facility serving Holloman Air Force Base will begin soon, according to officials with El Paso Electric and the U.S. Air Force.

The plant will be an EPE owned dedicated energy resource for the base and is the first renewable energy project built by EPE on a military installation.

"Providing our warfighter with diverse, resilient energy sources is a key component of mission assurance. The Air Force is committed to providing installations the support they need to determine where initiatives and technologies such as on-base solar can complement and enhance installation energy assurance plans," said Dan Soto, Renewable Energy Division Chief at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC).

The solar facility will be located on a 42-acre site inside Holloman AFB. It will use almost 56,000 thin-film modules and will generate enough clean energy to generate power to more than 1,700 homes a year.

M+W Energy, who recently constructed EPE’s community solar facility in east El Paso will also be constructing the Holloman solar facility which is expected to be operational in the third quarter of 2018.

“We are pleased to once again work with EPE to help bring more clean energy to the region while employing more than 90 local workers to build this solar facility over the course of construction,” said Jim Brown, President of M+W Energy, Inc.

The project is expected to reduce annual CO2 emissions by over 9,000 US tons, which is the equivalent of taking 2,000 cars off the road. It will also save 9 million gallons of water every year. 

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