PNM Resources’ New Mexico utility, PNM, has announced a new solar program designed to support governmental, tribal and large electric customers in meeting their sustainable energy goals.
The program, PNM Solar Direct, allows these customers to subscribe to energy produced by a large-scale solar facility. In connection with the program, PNM has issued a request for proposals through Feb. 1, 2019, for a 50 MW solar facility that will add to the 874 MW of solar, wind and geothermal resources already planned to serve PNM customers in 2021.
These renewable resources support PNM’s goal to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions through a planned exit from coal and the addition of more clean energy resources in its portfolio.
“Several of our large customers, like the City of Albuquerque, have established goals for using clean energy or reducing their carbon footprint. PNM has been working closely with these customers to create a program to help them achieve those goals in a cost-effective way,” says Pat Vincent-Collawn, chairman, president and CEO of PNM Resources. “The PNM Solar Direct program, like the Facebook data center agreements, shows that PNM is committed to working with our customers to find solutions to their energy needs and making New Mexico a sustainable energy leader.”
The program was announced during a joint press conference with Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller on Nov. 21. The City of Albuquerque is subscribing to the program for 25 MW, half of the planned output from the new solar facility.
“The City of Albuquerque has a goal of 100 percent sustainable energy, and this is our first step towards achieving this goal,” says Keller. “The program opens the door for other New Mexico governments to follow suit and brings more solar energy production to our state. This collaboration with PNM shows the changes we can make in our community when we work together to come up with new solutions.”
The program and the solar facility are subject to approval by the New Mexico Regulation Commission.