Last week, I visited the Siler Yard Arts+Creativity Center in Santa Fe, which is New Mexico’s first net-zero energy multi-family affordable housing project. All of the homes in Siler Yard receive 100% of their energy from a utility-scale solar array and use 100% clean and all-electric HVAC equipment.
I also visited the Santa Fe Business Incubator, where I met with the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District and local business owners including B.PublicPrefab, a manufacturing company that is designing panelized construction components for high performance and affordable homes that are all-electric and equipped with highly efficient heating and water systems.
This is what the future looks like!
PHOTO: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich tours the Siler Yard Arts+Creativity Center in Santa Fe, July 29, 2022.
As part of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022—the landmark climate package that the Senate will take up in the coming days—I secured $4.5 billion for new consumer rebates for electric household appliances that mirror my legislation, the Zero-Emission Homes Act. These rebates will help many more families electrify their homes with heat pumps for space heating or cooling, electric induction stovetops, and electric heat pump water heaters and clothes dryers.
The Inflation Reduction Act also includes new tax credits to help more families purchase new and used electric vehicles and game changing investments to grow clean energy generation, build new energy storage projects, and manufacture more clean technologies and electric vehicles here in America.
The widespread electrification of the appliances in our homes and buildings—and the vehicles in our driveways—will help families achieve substantial savings on energy bills, improve indoor and outdoor air quality, and make a huge difference in solving the climate crisis that threatens our children’s future.
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