Under Construction
April 2024
McKinley County, NM

Escalante Solar

A 200 MW solar project by Origis Energy for Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association expected to be brought online in April 2024.

Solar capacity
200mw
homes powered
63K
co2 emissions Avoided
322K MT
Project Overview

Escalante at completion will utilize approximately 500,000 solar panel modules at the former Escalante Station coal plant near Grants, N.M.

Escalante Solar, when completed in 2024, will bring 200-megawatts of clean solar generation to Tri-State’s members, including 11 electric cooperative members in New Mexico, under a power purchase agreement with Origis Energy. The project was announced in 2020 as part of Tri-State’s landmark Responsible Energy Plan and is located in Tri-State member Continental Divide Electric Cooperative’s service territory.

“When we announced details of our Responsible Energy Plan in January 2020, we set ambitious clean energy and emissions reductions goals, and detailed the many steps needed to assure we could continue to serve our members’ needs reliably and affordably,” said Tri-State CEO Duane Highley. “These steps included the addition of more renewable resources, including Escalante Solar, which help meet the 2030 renewable energy requirements of New Mexico’s Energy Transition Act five years early.”

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Roughly 500,000 solar panel modules will be installed at Escalante Solar.

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The project, located in Continental Divide Electric Cooperative’s (CDEC’s) service territory, will serve all of Tri-State’s members, including CDEC and its other ten members in New Mexico.

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Upon completion in 2024, Origis Energy Services will provide operation and maintenance services for the project, employing approximately 4-6 on site jobs once the project is completed.

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The project, located in Continental Divide Electric Cooperative’s (CDEC’s) service territory, will serve all of Tri-State’s members, including CDEC and its other ten members in New Mexico.

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Gridworks, headquartered in Albuquerque, N.M., is providing construction services for the project, employing an estimated 400 people during that time. Main photo credit: Gridworks.

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Upon completion in 2024, Origis Energy Services will provide operation and maintenance services for the project, employing approximately 4-6 on site jobs once the project is completed.

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The project negotiated an Industrial Revenue Bond with McKinley County, N.M., which documents the project will pay approximately $7,100,000 in taxes to the County and $2,400,000 in taxes to the School District over the life of the project.

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Gridworks, headquartered in Albuquerque, N.M., is providing construction services for the project, employing an estimated 400 people during that time. Main photo credit: Gridworks.

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The project negotiated an Industrial Revenue Bond with McKinley County, N.M., which documents the project will pay approximately $7,100,000 in taxes to the County and $2,400,000 in taxes to the School District over the life of the project.

ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE

Gridworks, headquartered in Albuquerque, N.M., is providing construction services for the project, employing an estimated 400 people during that time. Upon completion in 2024, Origis Energy Services will provide operation and maintenance services for the project, employing approximately 4-6 on site jobs once the project is completed. Roughly 500,000 solar panel modules will be installed at Escalante Solar. 

By adding such a significant solar plant at the site of the former coal plant, a new tax base is being created for the area from power generation, while providing a stable cost of power for Tri-State’s members. Additionally, the project negotiated an Industrial Revenue Bond with McKinley County, N.M., which documents the project will pay approximately $7,100,000 in taxes to the County and $2,400,000 in taxes to the School District over the life of the project. Photo credit: Gridworks

 

ENERGY IMPORTANCE

Escalante Solar is being built on the site of the former, 253 MW, coal-fired Escalante Station, which was retired in 2020, as Tri-State continues to pursue its landmark Responsible Energy Plan.

The project, when completed in 2024, will bring 200 MW of clean solar generation to Tri-State’s members, including 11 electric cooperative members in New Mexico, under a power purchase agreement with Origis Energy.

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