Utility regulators have cleared the way for expedited consideration of a proposal by New Mexico's largest electric provider to build two new solar plants to help power Facebook's planned data center in central New Mexico.
The Public Regulation Commission voted in favor of a speedier process during a meeting Wednesday. As a result, the time will be limited for protests from any intervening parties to 20 days.
That means the commission could issue a final order by Sept. 26 if no hearing is required.
Officials say the rapid review is needed to ensure the solar facilities are up and running in time to meet Facebook's energy needs for its data center, which is going up in phases in Los Lunas.
Public Service Co. of New Mexico is proposing solar plants near Moriarty and Rio Rancho.