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New Mexico Solar

New Mexico is home to 82 solar companies that have worked hard to increase the efficiency of solar in the state.

Facts on the New Mexico Solar Industry

  • There are currently more than 82 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in New Mexico, employing 1,900.
  • In 2013, New Mexico installed 45 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 13th nationally.
  • The 236 MW of solar energy currently installed in New Mexico ranks the state 10th in the country in installed solar capacity.  There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 48,000 homes.
  • In 2013, $131 million was invested in New Mexico to install solar for home, business and utility use.  This represents a 61% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
  • Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in New Mexico have fallen by 17% in the last year.  National prices have also dropped steadily— by 12% from last year and 31% from 2010.

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Notable Installations in New Mexico

  • Cimarron Solar Facility was completed in 2010 by developer First Solar.  This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 30 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 6,100 New Mexico homes.
  • Another utility-scale project, Macho Springs Solar Project in Deming, is currently under construction in New Mexico and is scheduled to come online in 2014.  Developed by First Solar, this 50 MW photovoltaic project will generate enough electricity to power 10,200 homes.
  • At 20 MW, Manzano Solar Energy Center is among the largest solar installations in New Mexico.  Completed in 2013 by First Solar, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 4,100 homes.

Solar Companies in New Mexico

  • There are currently more than 82 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in New Mexico.  These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels.  These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 11 manufacturers, 10 manufacturing facilities, 46 contractor/installers, 4 project developers, 7 distributors and 14 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.

New Mexico State Solar Policy Resources

New Mexico Public Regulation Commission – Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of New Mexico public utilities

New Mexico State Legislature – Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in New Mexico

DSIRE Incentives Database - New Mexico – Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in New Mexico and across the United States

U.S. Energy Information Administration - New Mexico State Profile – Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government

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