PETITION | To my elected leaders in New Mexico:
Community solar is a way for all New Mexicans to have access to clean energy and the robust economic and health benefits of the energy transition. Please vote YES on Community Solar for New Mexico in SB84/HB106 to enable community solar in New Mexico.
Right now, many New Mexicans are left on the margins of the clean energy transition. Distributed solar generation, such as rooftop solar, provides predictable savings, well-paying jobs, and healthier air to communities all across the country. Despite these benefits and almost year-round sunshine, most New Mexicans have limited access to solar energy.
Different limitations prevent many of us from procuring distributed solar generation because we live in rental units, rely on fixed incomes, do not meet credit requirements, or even do not have a suitable rooftop. This limits the number of New Mexicans who can access all the benefits of local solar, particularly the energy bill savings.
Community solar provides everyone the opportunity to choose local, reliable, and cost-effective clean energy — regardless of housing type, income level, and property limitations.
Community solar projects allow families of all income levels, municipalities, counties, businesses and nonprofit entities, including low-income housing and service organizations to go solar even if they do not own their home or business, have old or shaded roofs, or face financial barriers to rooftop solar. Community solar will provide New Mexico communities, particularly Tribal Nations and entities, with access to economic development opportunities and critical bill savings for those with greater energy burden.
A new study conducted by the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business & Economic Research (BBER) found that the construction and operation of new community solar facilities could generate an estimated $517 million in economic benefits and support more than 3,760 high-quality jobs in various sectors across New Mexico over the next five years.
Your support of SB84 /HB106 will help New Mexicans benefit from clean solar power and the socio-economic benefits that follow. With community solar, we can power our communities with sunshine and come back to what makes New Mexico so special–our ability to come together as communities and build collective power.