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First Solar Inc. says construction has commenced on the 50 MW Macho Springs solar power plant, located on state trust land in Luna County, N.M. Construction is expected to be completed by May 2014.

To help serve its New Mexico and Texas service territory, El Paso Electric will buy all of the project's output under a 20-year power purchase agreement. In 2011, the utility secured the project through an all-source competitive request for proposal process conducted in 2011, and First Solar also has an interconnection agreement with El Paso Electric.

"This is a milestone for not only El Paso Electric, but our customers and this region,” says El Paso Electric CEO Tom Shockley. "We look forward to the continued growth of this technology in a cost-effective manner."





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