Governor Lujan Grisham signed the Energy Transition Act (SB 489) in 2019, which established plans for a bold energy transition and a community solar program. The program sets goals of 25% participation for low-income subscribers and limits project size to 10 megawatts.
After a three-hour filibuster, the Community Solar Act (SB 84) passed on April 5, 2021.The act authorized community solar projects and requires 30 percent of each community solar facility to serve low-income households. Additionally, projects can partner with local farms to offer landowners the opportunity for leasing revenue. Investor-owned utilities can own facilities and the first three years of the program are capped at 200 megawatts total.
Watch the top state community solar programs progress in our National Community Solar Programs Tracker.
Check back soon for more detail about the New Mexico community solar program.
For more on solar in New Mexico, check out these ILSR resources:
- Could New Mexico’s Proposed Community Solar Program Raise the Bar? (2019)
- Update: New Mexico Regulators Promote On-Site Solar Projects (2006)
- Distributed Generation in New Mexico Will Expand Under Proposed Solar Program (2005)
Learn more about community solar in one of these ILSR reports:
|Designing Community Solar Programs that Promote Racial and Economic Equity|
|Minnesota’s Solar Gardens: the Status and Benefits of Community Solar|
|Beyond Sharing — How Communities Can Take Ownership of Renewable Power|
For podcasts, videos, and more, see ILSR’s community renewable energy archive.
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