ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State regulators have approved a plan by New Mexico's largest electric utility to build three more solar power plants next year and add more wind-generated power in 2015.
The plan approved Wednesday by the state Public Regulation Commission will add 84 cents to the monthly bills of PNM's average residential customers in 2014.
Utility officials say the new solar energy centers will be located in Valencia and Sandoval counties. Together, they will be capable of producing enough electricity for about 8,960 average residential customers.
First Solar Inc. of Arizona was chosen to build the centers at a cost of about $47 million.
In 2015, PNM says it will start supplying customers with power from the 102-megawatt Red Mesa Wind Energy Center west of Albuquerque.