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1,400-acre solar energy project is state's biggest

Roswell Independent School District superintendent Tom Burris, NextEra executive director Jim Shandalov, Xcel New Mexico and Texas president David Hudson, Chaves County commissioner Robert Corn and Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh cut the ribbon to commemorat Roswell Independent School District superintendent Tom Burris, NextEra executive director Jim Shandalov, Xcel New Mexico and Texas president David Hudson, Chaves County commissioner Robert Corn and Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh cut the ribbon to commemorat |  Photo: Photo: Maddy Hayden - Current-Argus

The Associated Press
October 10, 2016 07:57 AM

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A $260 million solar project opening near Roswell will have the capacity to provide enough power for more than 40,000 homes.

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The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (http://bit.ly/2dWX9De) the 1,400-acre solar project is the biggest in the state.

Xcel Energy will purchase power from the Roswell and Chaves County Solar Energy Centers under a 25-year contract with project builder NextEra Energy. Five people are going to work at the centers full-time.

Xcel Energy New Mexico and Texas president David Hudson said the company is expanding energy from renewable sources. He said he sees projects like the solar facility as the future.

NextEra Energy Resources executive director Jim Shandalov said construction took a year and led to 300 jobs.

More info:  Carlsbad Current-Argus 

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