CPV Solar Farm - Hatch, NM
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99
N 32° 37.542 W 107° 15.487
13S E 288146 N 3612044
Quick Description: This solar far on the west side of Hatch was, in 2011, the largest CPV facility in North America.
Location: New Mexico, United States
Date Posted: 1/27/2020 5:04:16 PM
Waymark Code: WM12109
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:
Travelling west from Hatch, New Mexico you can't miss this solar farm on the north side of State Road 26. It uses 7700 panels which together are an impressive sight from the road. Soon after it was built, visitors to the Hatch Chile Festival could also get a tour of this facility.

From wiki:

The Hatch Solar Energy Center is a 5.88 MWp (5.0 MWAC) concentrator photovoltaics power station, the largest in North America when it was completed in 2011. It was built by Blattner Energy using 84 dual-axis Amonix 7700 panels each of which contains 7,560 fresnel lens to concentrate sunlight 500 times onto multijunction photovoltaic cells, allowing a greater efficiency than other photovoltaic power plants. It uses all three of the methods available to increase efficiency - dual-axis tracking, concentrating photovoltaics, and multijunction cells. The systems are certified for operation for 50 years, but the multijunction cells may need to be replaced in 25 years. The output is being sold to El Paso Electric, under a 25 year power purchase agreement (PPA). Annual electricity production is expected to be about 11,000 MW·h/year.

From greentechmedia's article:

A 5-megawatt project in the world of photovoltaics doesn't always warrant news coverage.

But a 5-megawatt project in concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) is a big deal and we've learned of an under-the-radar deployment that is currently online and producing power.

The Hatch, New Mexico CPV project would seem to hold title as the largest CPV system in North America. Amonix is the supplier of the CPV equipment.

I spoke with Jim Hayhoe, an economic consultant to the Village of Hatch and he confirmed that the project is indeed online. The project had initial interconnection on June 27 and as of a week ago was generating 4.8 megawatts. Construction for the project started in mid-January and was completed on schedule.

The Hatch CPV project employs Amonix CPV systems (although Amonix isn't commenting publicly) and sits on 39 acres in the Hatch Industrial Park, seven miles west of the Village of Hatch. The 5-megawatt system uses 84 Amonix trackers and is being built and operated by NextEra Energy Resources, a unit of NextEra Energy.

Each of the Amonix modules puts out about 60 kilowatts.
Type of system: Photovoltaic (electrical)

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