Wells Fargo finances 11.3 MW New Mexico solar project
Thursday, 11 October 2012 06:23
Wells Fargo has invested more than $1 billion in solar project equity investments since 2007. This includes more than 250 commercial-scale solar PV projects, six utility-scale solar PV projects and a utility-scale concentrating solar thermal power plant. To date, Wells Fargo has provided over $2.8 billion in equity and over $900 million in debt financing for renewable energy projects in 28 states.
"The success of these projects demonstrates that the industry is growing as solar continues to provide a greater portion of the country’s energy mix,” said Barry Neal, head of Wells Fargo's Environmental Finance Group. "As one of the leading capital providers to the cleantech industry, Wells Fargo is committed to supporting solar power generation through investments such as the Chaparral project and to helping companies like SunEdison meet their financing needs."
The El Chaparral Solar Farm is situated on over 140 acres of land and is comprised of over 40,300 solar modules including MEMC Silvantis® solar modules. The facility is designed to produce approximately 26 million kilowatt hours of energy annually. This is enough energy to power 2,400 homes in the local community on an annual basis. Solar energy from the plant is expected to abate more than 38 million pounds of CO2 emissions annually, equivalent to removing more than approximately 3,700 cars per year, or 81,000 cars off the road during the 25 year period. The solar facility also saves more than 4.5 million gallons of water per year that would have otherwise been consumed if the electricity were generated by a natural gas combined cycle power plant.
“We are pleased to continue our work with Wells Fargo and El Paso Electric Company,” said Chris Bailey, vice president of Project Finance, North America for SunEdison. “Being able to complete multiple projects together with both of these partners demonstrates our strong business relationships and ability to deliver projects on time.”
The project is part of EPE’s ongoing strategy to expand the amount of renewable energy included as part of its energy portfolio used to meet its customers’ demand. Since 2011, EPE has contracted for more than 47 MW of solar generating capacity, including project construction and power purchase agreements.
“This project underscores El Paso Electric’s continued commitment to be a leader in the solar industry and to further advance the development of renewable energy resources in its service territory,” said Tom Shockley, CEO at El Paso Electric. “EPE continues to evaluate opportunities to increase its renewable energy portfolio and to positively impact the environment. Currently, EPE’s renewable energy projects and purchase agreements represent almost 3 percent of the Company’s net dedicated generating capacity, which is one of the largest percentages of renewable energy in the United States for a company of EPE’s size.” www.sunedison.com
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