First Ted Turner Backed Solar Project Slated For New Mexico

It would appear that media mogul and long-time environmentalist Ted Turner is making good on his intentions to invest in a large-scale solar utility project in the Southwest–in this case, a 30 megawatt AC solar power station slated for northern New Mexico.

The Cimarron I Solar Project was developed by First Solar of Tempe, AZ, which will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services as well as maintenance under a 25-year contract to to Turner Renewable Energy and its partner in solar utilities, Southern Company. The facility is expected to supply electricity to approximately 9,000 homes, displacing over 45,000 tons of CO2 on an annual basis. The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2010.

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image via First Solar

While the initial phase of Turner Renewable’s partnership with the Atlanta-based Southern Company–a leading U.S. producer of electricity–is focused on large scale solar photovoltaic projects in Southwest, rumor has it they’re also considering other renewable energy utility projects. With over two million acres of US land to play with (not to mention plenty more in Argentina), it seems likely we’ll be hearing plenty more from our friend Ted on the clean energy front.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.