NextEra Energy Resources is developing the Hatch Solar Energy Center with the assistance of Amonix Inc., a leader in solar systems design and manufacturing. The plant comprises 84 Amonix 60-kilowatt units.
Installed with Amonix’s innovative concentrated photovoltaic solar power systems, which incorporate dual-axis tracking, the facility is capable of optimizing energy production throughout the day. Moreover, the Hatch Solar Energy Center is located in a prime sunny and dry zone, which perfectly suits the Amonix technology. This allows generating more energy per acre than any other solar technology.
The Hatch facility began operations in June 2011. The plant is among the largest operating concentrated photovoltaic solar power plant in North America. NextEra Energy Resources will own and operate the plant. The plant will sell the power to El Paso Electric Co. (NYSE:EE) under a 25-year power purchase agreement.
A clean energy leader, NextEra Energy Resources LLC, is one of the largest competitive energy suppliers in North America. It is the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from the wind and sun. It operates clean, emissions-free nuclear power generation facilities in New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin as part of NextEra Energy’s nuclear fleet, which is the third largest in the United States.
Based in Juno Beach, Florida, NextEra Energy Inc. generates, transmits, distributes and sells electric energy in Florida. The company competes primarily with the likes of TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE:TE) and Progress Energy Inc. (NYSE:PGN).
“The Hatch Solar Energy Center demonstrates all of solar CPV’s advantages, from its scale to its reliability to the stability of its underlying technology,” said Amonix CEO Brian Robertson. “Hatch has the ideal conditions for solar energy development, and CPV is exactly the right technology to realize its full potential to provide a steady, long-term energy supply without consuming excessive amounts of land and water.”
Blattner Energy is an electrical generation contractor that provides engineering, procurement and construction services across the United States to owners and developers in the renewable energy industry. The employees of Blattner Energy and its affiliate, D.H. Blattner & Sons Inc., have built the majority of the largest wind farms in the country, surpassing 15,000 megawatts of installed capacity. Blattner Energy is headquartered in Avon, Minn. For more information, visit http://www.blattnerenergy.com.
Amonix is the recognized leader in designing and manufacturing concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar power systems that require no water in power production, use land better, and produce more energy per acre than any other solar technology. With the longest track record of real-world CPV deployments in the industry, Amonix is proven to be the best choice for solar power systems in sunny and dry climates. Amonix is headquartered in Seal Beach, Calif., with a manufacturing facility in North Las Vegas, Nev.
"As the leader in North America for renewable generation, we are always looking for new and emerging technologies," said Mike O’Sullivan, senior vice president of Development for NextEra Energy Resources. "Amonix has been a great partner, and we look forward to working with the company in the future."
"We are pleased to be the PV technology that is powering NextEra Energy Resources’ latest solar power plant and applaud the company for its leadership in sustainability and renewable energy generation," said Amonix CEO Brian Robertson. "The Hatch Solar Energy Center is in a prime sunny and dry location, perfect for Amonix technology, which generates more energy per acre than any other solar technology."
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, is a clean energy leader and one of the largest competitive energy suppliers in North America. A subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), NextEra Energy Resources is the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from the wind and sun. It operates clean, emissions-free nuclear power generation facilities in New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin as part of the NextEra Energy nuclear fleet, which is the third largest in the United States. NextEra Energy had 2010 revenues of more than $15 billion, nearly 43,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and approximately 15,000 employees in 28 states and Canada.
By José Santamarta, www.amonix.com