New Mexico Governor, Utility Unveils Facebook Solar Plans

By Susan Montoya Bryan

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez talks about the economic impact of a $37 million contract to install solar panels to power Facebook’s new data center during a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. New Mexico’s largest electric utility is investing a total of $45 million in the 30-megawatt solar project, with most of that going to Albuquerque-based Affordable Solar for the installation of tens of thousands of panels. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque-based solar company has been awarded a $37 million contract to install tens of thousands of solar panels in the New Mexico desert to power a data center being built by social media giant Facebook.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, officials with the state’s largest electric utility and economic development leaders gathered Feb. 1 at Affordable Solar to make the announcement.

New Mexico-based Array Technologies will provide the tracking systems for the panels.

The Republican governor told the crowd that efforts to build a predictable business environment over the last few years are what helped attract Facebook and now the ripple effects on the economy are showing.

The bidding process for the solar project spurred international competition.

Affordable Solar plans to start construction on the first of three 10-megawatt sites later this year.

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