French company plans 3 solar farms in NW New Mexico

A recently seeded area at Navajo Mine is pictured Aug. 1, 2019. The Four Corners Power Plant is in the background.


The Four Corners region of northwest New Mexico could soon be home to three solar farms proposed by Photosol US, a subsidiary of a French company.

Photosol hopes to replace electrical power lost if and when the San Juan Generating Station is closed near Aztec in 2022 along with the Four Corners Power Plant in 2031.

 With the potential closure of coal-fired power plants, some companies are seizing opportunities to build generation facilities with the hopes of filling the need for electricity.

Photosol is planning to locate the solar arrays in San Juan County according to a report by the Farmington Daily Times.

The three projects are located near the Four Corners Power Plant, the San Juan Generating Station and the Shiprock substation.

In an email to The Daily Times, Photosol US CEO Josh Case referred to the collective three projects as the Four Corners Solar Center.

Case said the target customers are the utilities that’ll be moving away from coal-fired generation.

The San Juan Generating Station may remain open if the City of Farmington and Enchant Energy successfully retrofit the plant with carbon capture technology. Even if the plant stays open, Case said Photosol believes that its projects are well positioned.

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