El Paso Electric (EPE) and the United States Air Force officially celebrated the completion and commercial operation of the Holloman Atlas Solar Array at the Holloman Air Force Base on Friday.
The facility is owned by EPE but was built in Otero County, New Mexico. The 42-acre facility is the first of its kind built to serve a U.S. military installation.
EPE and Holloman Air Force Base agreed to partner on the development of the solar facility in 2016 and began construction in 2017.
The facility is made up of nearly 56,000 thin-film modules that will generate enough electricity to power more than 1,700 homes annually. Officials say this will prevent the carbon dioxide emissions by over 9,000 U.S. tons. That is the equivalent of removing 2,000 cars from the road.
“We also try to reduce carbon dioxide emissions wherever we can so every time we bring a little solar online, that’s less carbon that we are putting into our atmosphere and that means a lot to us in our region,” CEO and El Paso Electric President Mary Kipp said.
The facility will also help save about nine million gallons of water.
Exyte Energy Inc., the company who constructed the Holloman Atlas Solar Array, also construct EPE’s community solar facility in East El Paso, Texas.
The 49th Wing – host wing at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico – supports national security objectives by deploying worldwide to support peacetime and wartime contingencies.