PNM to build 30-MWs of solar for Facebook data center in NM

Written By: Stratton Report
February 22, 2017

PNM Resources

On February 22, Affordable Solar announced it had been selected to build a 30-MW PV project for the Facebook Data Center in Los Lunas, NM by Public Service New Mexico.

Affordable Solar emphasized that it had been awarded a $37 million contract for EPC work on the solar generation project, beginning construction on the first of three 10-MW sites in in mid-2017.

Kevin Bassalleck, President of Affordable Solar, observed:

We’re honored to have been selected by PNM to design and construct the solar facilities that will power Facebook’s new data center in Los Lunas. It’s a continuation of the working relationship we’ve established with PNM over many years, and we’re grateful to have been provided this new opportunity as they deploy more utility-scale solar. They are a key partner of ours and are a pleasure to collaborate with.

According to Affordable Solar, 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.

Pat Vincent-Collawn, chairman, president and CEO of PNM remarked: “This project clearly demonstrates some of the best possible outcomes of an economic development project: supporting a local renewable energy business, creating local construction jobs and helping to grow our economy here in New Mexico.”