11 June 2009 — El Paso Electric has signed a power purchase agreement for the full capacity of a 92 MW concentrating solar power plant to be developed in southern New Mexico by NRG Energy and eSolar. This project is part of NRG and eSolar’s recently announced plans to develop up to 500 MW of solar thermal power in California and across the Southwestern United States.
The plant is expected to be the first commercial-scale solar thermal project in New Mexico when fully operational in the summer of 2011. The site covers 450 acres about 10 miles from El Paso, Texas.
In February, Google-backed eSolar agreed to supply its technology to NRG to develop solar farms.