The U.S. Air Force has celebrated the completion of the Holloman Atlas Solar Array, serving the Holloman Air Force Base’s electric load in Otero County, N.M.
The project, owned and operated by El Paso Electric (EPE), spans 42 acres. The facility is made up of almost 56,000 thin-film solar modules that will generate enough electricity to power more than 1,700 homes annually.
“The completion of the Holloman Atlas Solar Array marks a milestone in our renewable energy goals and embodies our mission to provide safe, clean and sustainable sources of energy,” states Mary Kipp, EPE’s president and CEO. “Today, we want to celebrate our inaugural collaboration with the U.S. Air Force and look forward to continue serving our community through these kinds of partnerships.”
Holloman Air Force Base and EPE entered into an agreement for the development of the solar facility in 2016 and began construction in 2017.
“From the beginning, we were confident in this new cooperation with El Paso Electric as we all came together to bring this project to fruition,” says Lt. Col. Joel Purcell, 49th Wing Civil Engineer Squadron, commander. “The addition of this clean energy resource will enhance our resiliency and ability to better equip our installation while at the same time saving on taxpayer costs. In addition to enhancing our installation, we are reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. By decreasing this dependence, we are strengthening and increasing our national security.”
Exyte Energy Inc. built the project and created over 90 jobs through its development. The addition of the project will increase EPE’s total renewable energy portfolio to a total of 115 MW.