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Photosol moving forward with 3 Four Corners solar projects

The Daily Times

AZTEC – A company hoping to develop more than 1,300 megawatts of solar as well as battery storage in three distinct projects in San Juan County says that it is clearing important milestones that will bring these projects closer to reality.

Photosol US, a subsidiary of one of France’s leading solar providers, has been working to develop its Four Corners Solar Center, which consists of three distinct projects.

CEO Josh Case presented details on these three projects and where they stand in development during the San Juan County Commission meeting on Nov. 10.

These projects include:

• Shiprock Solar: 360 megawatts of solar with storage located primarily on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management north of the San Juan Generating Station.

• Four Corners Solar: 400 megawatts of solar with storage located at Navajo Mine in an area of reclaimed land.

• San Juan Solar: 598 megawatts of solar with 300 megawatts storage located on private land near the San Juan Generating Station.

Photosol received a variance from the Bureau of Land Management in August for the Shiprock Solar Project and is now waiting on the results of an environmental assessment required under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Case anticipates that will result in a finding of no significant impacts, which will allow the project to move forward.

The BLM is working with the Western Area Power Administration on the NEPA process, as Photosol must enter into a transmission agreement with WAPA to put the electricity on the grid at the Shiprock substation that is operated by WAPA. Photosol is in the final phase of the interconnection study for the Shiprock Solar Project.

Case said the San Juan Solar project will be the first one operational with at least a portion of it being completed by June 2022. The other two projects will be operational in 2023 or 2024.

An interconnection agreement with Arizona Public Service Company for the Four Corners Solar Project has been drafted and Case anticipates it will be signed by the end of the year.

One of these projects, San Juan Solar, has a power purchase agreement with Public Service Company of New Mexico as part of PNM’s plan to replace the electricity currently generated by the San Juan Generating Station. The agreement is pending approval by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, however Case anticipates it could be approved as early as next week.

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