What's At Stake
Right now, most New Mexicans can’t power their home or business with solar energy because rooftop solar won’t work for them.
Community solar – which is currently allowed in 19 states and Washington, D.C. – provides equal access to the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy generation regardless of the condition of your roof or ownership of your home or business. This includes families of all income levels, Native American Tribes & Pueblos, municipalities, counties, schools, businesses and nonprofit entities, including low-income housing and service organizations.
But to get community solar we need to pass enabling legislation at the state capital which means we need you to take action now to urge our leaders to bring community solar to New Mexico!
Indigenous Solar Leaders
WATCH: Picuris Pueblo’s Community Solar Story
Picuris Pueblo is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States. Today, on their ancestral land in the mountains of northern New Mexico, the people of Picuris are putting community solar to work lowering electricity bills for every family in the tribe, all while increasing community resilience and collectively combatting climate change.
What is Community Solar?
How Community Solar Works
Community solar refers to local solar facilities shared by multiple community subscribers who receive credit on their utility bill for their share of the power produced. This model for solar is being rapidly adopted nationwide because of its significant benefits to consumers, the economy, environment and the grid.
Individuals, local businesses, schools and others sign up to receive the energy from a certain number of panels, purchased up front or pay-as-you-go.
Community solar subscribers will receive a credit on their bill based on the amount of energy produced by their community solar panels.
Signing up for community solar should provide tangible economic benefits and savings on your utility bill.
It's Time, New Mexico
To have community solar across New Mexico, we need to pass enabling legislation at the state capital. Community solar is spreading across the country thanks in part to smart state policies. Currently, 19 states and Washington, D.C. already have community solar programs. It’s time New Mexicans get to access the benefits of affordable clean energy.