New Mexico launches community solar gardens

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) of Taos, NM and the Clean Energy Collective (CEC) of Carbondale, CO, have entered into a 1.2 MW solar garden in New Mexico. The community solar projects will allow utility customers to purchase solar panels located in community arrays, with the first phase being constructed at the Taos Charter School in Taos, NM.

 Clean Energy Collective pioneered the community solar model for clean energy production, which allows community members to purchase solar panels located in solar gardens to offset their electricity use. CEC constructs and maintains the solar gardens, and the local utility company agrees to acquire the power from the community arrays. Consumers receive the same tax credits and electricity discounts as they would if the panels were installed on their roofs.

The community solar arrays will be constructed on solar carports, mounting 420 solar panels on top of a canopy structure.