- ‘Standard Solar’ Finishes Solar Project in New Mexico
A new 9.8-MW solar farm is up and running in Gallup, New Mexico. Standard Solar Inc. finished the project on July 31, 2018 and will own and operate the facility built on city-owned land. The solar farm is expected to mean nearly 10% of the city’s energy needs. The almost 30,000 panel system will save Gallup $785,000 in the first eight years of operation, according to the announcement.
New Mexico ranks 16th in the nation for highest solar producing states with 4.34% of the state’s electricity coming from solar.
Over 2,500 people are employed and provide for their families thanks to the solar industry according to The Solar Foundation.
New Mexico’s Renewable Portfolio Standard says that by 2020, 20% of the state’s energy will have to come from renewable energy.