Construction on new Meadow Lake solar center to be done by year's end

New Mexico's largest electric provider says work on its newest solar-powered generating station is expected to be done by the end of the year.

PNM officials say solar panels are now being installed at the Meadow Lake Solar Energy Center in Valencia County.

Once complete, the 9.1-megawatt solar farm will have an estimated 122,850 panels capable of generating enough electricity for 3,500 average residential customers.

Utility officials also say the solar farm will provide an estimated $200,000 in new tax revenue for the county next year.

The Meadow Lake array is one of three solar centers PNM is constructing this year. The other two are located in Sandoval and Cibola counties.

PNM already has eight solar centers in operation and has proposed to build four more next year.