The cost of installing solar power is at a record low. Solar delivers clean, sustainable energy for less, and rural businesses across New Mexico are leading the way.
Additionally, rural businesses and residents have access to a surplus of resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development (USDA RD). Small businesses and agricultural producers are eligible for USDA RD’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The program provides loans or grants to help finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for rural America. Small businesses can also apply for the New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program, which provides direct access to the scientists and engineers at Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories to assist with technical challenges.
Rural businesses across the state are already taking advantage of USDA programs like REAP.
In northern New Mexico, a rural ostrich farm recently won a solar grant from the program to help fund their solar project.
A brewery in Truth or Consequences is using New Mexico’s abundant sunshine as an asset for their business.
A great place to start is a USDA RD field office close to you - in Aztec, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, Los Lunas or Roswell.