The 250 acres between the New Mexico towns of Springer and Cimarron now house about 490,000 First Solar thin film solar modules. Providing enough energy to serve the needs of about 9,000 average local homes, while simultaneously displacing 45,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually, the Cimarron Solar Facility is the largest of its kind built for an electric cooperative. First Solar acted as the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor, and will operate and maintain the facility over its lifetime.
By co-locating the sites adjacent to its existing El Dorado natural gas-fired power plant, Sempra Generation was able to take advantage of existing infrastructure and the associated interconnection and transmission facilities.
The facility generates clean energy that serves the need of about 20,000 average California homes and displacing approximately 35,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.