Public Service Co. of New Mexico will inaugurate its first utility-scale solar photovoltaic system April 20 at the Reeves Generating Station in north Albuquerque.
The Albuquerque Solar Energy Center encompasses 30,000 panels spread over 20 acres next to the Reeves natural gas generating plant. The new facility will generate 2 megawatts of electricity and will be the largest solar PV plant to date in Albuquerque.
It’s one of four PV plants that PNM will build this year under its renewable procurement plan. The other facilities will be located in Los Lunas, Deming, Alamogordo and Las Vegas.
This is terrific news! New Mexico receives, on average, 310 days of pure sunshine per year. The fact that we hadn’t been harnessing the sun’s energy seemed like such a waste. I hope PNM will begin to install more photovoltaic systems in and around Albuquerque to provide generations of sustainable energy.
Speaking of solar energy, several Albuquerque Home Builders are now offering solar systems as upgrades to their homes. There are many options including solar powered water heaters to full photovoltaic systems, which if used properly can actually yield positive energy gain, which means that you don’t pay the power company one penny for electricity. In fact, there’s a strong chance that the power company could send you a check for producing more energy than you consumed. How great is that!