Earlier this year, Tri-State and Tempe, Ariz.-based First Solar, Inc. announced the development of a 30-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant in northeastern New Mexico. So it’s only appropriate that Tri-State’s Mac McLennan will speak on Oct. 27 to how utilities are driving the solar market at the Solar Power International 2009 conference in Anaheim, California.
The Cimarron I project will include 500,000 thin-film solar panels and will be among the largest solar projects in the world when it becomes operational at the end of 2010.
Utilities are expected to be the biggest driver for the U.S. solar market expansion in the next five years. Mac will participate on a panel of utility executives to discuss what’s driving the market, the business models utilities are using and the various policy options. Also joining Mac for the 11:00 a.m. session are representatives from Public Service Electric & Gas Company (Newark, N.J.), CPS Energy (San Antonio, Texas.) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (San Francisco, Calif.)