SOLAR WORKS FOR POWER PROVIDERS

The cost of installing solar power is at a record low.  Solar now delivers customers clean, sustainable energy for less, and rural electric cooperatives and municipal power providers across New Mexico are leading the way.

How will we pay for solar?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service offers a number of electric programs to help rural electric cooperatives finance energy conservation and renewable energy projects through loans, loan guarantees and grants. Cooperatives can start with the Office of Loan Origination and Approval at (202) 720-0409.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is working in a collaboration to build a standardized system package to decrease the costs of solar adoption for rural cooperatives. You can sign-up to track this development, which is part of the Solar Utility Network Deployment Acceleration (SUNDA) Project.

Will solar work for my community?

Solar is working for power providers across the state. New Mexico’s Rural Electric Cooperatives are responsible for a dozen projects, tracked on this map

Read The Kit Carson Rural Electric Cooperative Solar Success Story HERE

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative is working to attain one hundred percent daytime solar energy production by 2022.

Read The Los Alamos County Solar Success Story HERE

As a municipal power provider, the County of Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities made a commitment to become a carbon neutrality power provider by 2040. As part of working toward that goal, plans call for a future mix of utility scale solar backed by utility-scale storage.

The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance has provided a planning framework for cities ready to lead by example.