El Paso Electric has selected California-based SunPower Corp., to build a proposed, $46.7 million, 20-megawatt solar plant project on Fort Bliss, and the utility has begun the process of getting approvals to build the plant from Texas and New Mexico regulators, officials with the utility announced Monday.

The project was first announced by Fort Bliss officials two years ago. But it was delayed by a number of things, including getting the Army to approve the way El Paso Electric would get use of the 218 acres needed for the solar-panel plant, said El Paso Electric Chief Executive Officer Tom Shockley

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