Collecting and Sharing Energy from the Sun
New Mexico has the potential to be one of the most solar power-rich areas in the U.S., and PNM is doing our part to build major solar centers and support customer-owned solar energy. New Mexico is already consistently ranked in the top 10 states for installed solar capacity per capita.
PNM helped to launch solar power in New Mexico. Today, PNM continues to support the solar industry with:
- More than $270 million dollars invested in 15 large-scale solar facilities throughout the state, including four new solar centers that were completed in 2015. They are:
- Santolina (Bernalillo County); 10.5 megawatts; will product the energy used by 4,250 average homes; PNM is investing $20 million to build the center.
- Rio Communities (Valencia County); 10 megawatts; will produce the energy used by 4,025 average homes; PNM is investing $20 million to build the center.
- Santa Fe County; 9.5 megawatts; will produce the energy used by 3,850 homes; PNM is investing $19 million to build the center.
- South Valley (Bernalillo County); 10 megawatts; will produce the energy used by 4,025 average homes; PNM is investing $20 million to build the center.
- PNM began its solar energy customer program in 2006, that now supports more than 5,900 customers who have installed their own systems at their homes or businesses.
PNM is producing enough solar energy to power approximately 40,000 average homes in our service area.
Harnessing the Power of the Wind
PNM increased our wind generation by 50 percent last year:
- Since coming online in 2003, PNM has been purchasing all of the wind power produced at the New Mexico Wind Energy Center near Ft. Summer. At the time, it was one of the largest wind farms in the world.
- In 2015, PNM increased its wind generation capacity by 50 percent by purchasing all of the energy produced by the Red Mesa Wind Energy Center located in Cibola County, New Mexico.