A new bill – the Advancing Grid Storage Act – would devote $50 million for research, $500 million for deployment assistance and $500 million in grants to cover upfront costs for some projects.
With new technologies available and prices coming down, the NMPRC decided the time was right to add it to the data requirements included in the reports, which were mandated by a 2008 rule.
South Carolina and Pennsylvania also saw significant increases in solar permits granted, but California and Colorado both dropped by nearly 30%, according to the latest OhmHome report.
The announcement builds on Albuquerque’s commitment to get 25% of its energy from solar by 2025.
The three 10 MW plants will be built by Affordable Solar, and will help Facebook’s new data center to go 100% renewable.
In another baffling tale of state’s solar-policy split personality, the Treasure State is planning a 480-acre solar farm while the legislature simultaneously tries to snuff out its nascent solar industry.
Under the guise of creating “consumer protections” from unscrupulous installers, two companion bills in the state place such onerous requirements on solar companies that it could significantly slow down the industry’s progress in the state. Other legislation moving through New Mexico’s legislature would boost solar. Will the real New Mexico solar policy please stand up?
The New Mexico power producer has always wanted to serve its customers with renewable energy, but was severely limited by a previous contract. Now, thanks to a landmark FERC ruling and a new ‘angel’ wholesale-electricity supplier, the co-op can finally reach its goals.
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