El Paso Electric to build new solar facility, launches Community Solar Pilot Program

Published on November 21, 2016 by Daily Energy Insider Reports

El Paso, Texas

El Paso Electric (EPE) recently began construction of a new 3 megawatt solar facility in its Montana Power Station Complex in east El Paso, which will be used for the utility company’s new Community Solar Pilot Program.

Texans can voluntarily subscribe to the program, the first of its kind in Texas, to receive electricity from the new solar facility. The facility is expected to be up and running by spring of 2017.

“El Paso Electric has already been recognized as a national leader in large-scale solar production, and through the Community Solar Program, we are bringing our customers more options for renewable energy,” Mary Kipp, El Paso Electric CEO, said.

Subscribing to generation from the new facility will provide customers with the ability to receive some of their energy from the power facility without having to maintain their own private rooftop solar power system.

Businesses, homeowners and renters in EPE’s Texas service territory will be required to sign an annual commitment, where they can subscribe in 1 kilowatt (kW) blocks at a fixed price of $20.96 per kW for the capacity. The enrollment process begins in February 2017.

EPE will work with M+W Energy, a unit of M+W Group, on the construction and installation of the solar facility.