NextEra Energy Resources today powered up the 5-MW Hatch Solar Center, in Hatch, N.M., a project it says is the largest operating concentrating photovoltaic solar power plant in North America.

NextEra Energy Resources owns and operates the plant and sells the power to El Paso Electric under a 25-year power purchase agreement.

NextEra Energy Resources partnered with Amonix, a solar systems design and manufacturing firm, for the Hatch Solar Energy Center. The plant uses Amonix’s concentrated photovoltaic solar power systems, which incorporate dual-axis tracking to maximize energy production throughout the day.

"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."

Sources: NextEra, Amonix