- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s largest electric provider is breaking ground on a new solar generating station in Santa Fe County.

Public Service Co. of New Mexico is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday at a site along Interstate 25 just south of Santa Fe.

The utility says the $19 million project will add nearly 10 megawatts of solar capacity to the utility’s portfolio. With more than 40,000 solar panels, it will be capable of providing power for about 4,000 average residential customers.

The solar plant will also provide about $165,000 in taxes to Santa Fe County.

By the end of the year, the utility says it will have more than one million solar panels at 15 plants around the state.

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