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    Together, we’re committing to making safe and responsible transitions to clean energy in New Mexico.

    In New Mexico, AES is committed to bringing a safe and smooth transition to clean energy as we invest in local communities. New Mexico is emerging as a leader in renewable energy generation, with wind energy already producing 20 percent of total electric utility generation in the state. At AES, we want to utilize new technologies and innovation to help New Mexico achieve its goal of generating 100 percent of electricity retail sales from renewable sources by 2045.

     

    AES has nearly 1,000 megawatts of planned clean energy development in the state. Our clean energy projects create local jobs, build community partnerships, and generate substantial property tax revenue for the state and local governments. We also invest in nonprofits, education, and local businesses to help ensure that the benefits of a clean energy future accrue to everyone.

    Impact we're making

    The stable tax revenue generated by each of our projects fund important county services such as education, local infrastructure, and rural economic development. in addition, we have worked hard to bring community benefits through employee volunteerism, donations and meaningful partnerships.

    Planned Projects in New Mexico

    Project Name Planned Capacity Planned Storage Capacity Location Future Tax Revenue Generation* Construction Jobs Created Expected Construction Start to Operational Date
    Rancho Viejo Solar 96 MW N/A Santa Fe County TBD TBD TBD
    Community Solar Portfolio 185 MW +/- N/A Multiple TBD TBD TBD
    Storage Portfolio 375 MW N/A Multiple TBD TBD TBD

    *Estimated tax revenue generated over the contracted life of the project

     

    Project information is approximate and subject to change.

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    More about our Community Solar Portfolio

    Community solar is a renewable energy program created by the Community Solar Act, signed in April 2021, that enables any participant to receive clean energy at their home or business. The energy is provided by the local utility through a program that allows any customer to opt into the program. Community solar allows utility customers to share in the benefits of solar energy without installing a system on their rooftop or property.

     

    Download our PDFs to learn more

    Who Can Participate?

     

    Any person or organization with an electric bill from the utility can opt into a program once it is offered in your area. The solar facility is located remotely within the community and is large enough to allow many participants to access the energy it produces. The program eliminates the need for a sunny rooftop, homeownership, or maintenance of a system.

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    Participate?

     

    Solar energy provides users with economic and environmental benefits. Subscribers of a program receive solar bill credits from their electric utility company. Bill credits create savings for any program participant. Community solar subscribers also access clean, renewable solar energy while reducing reliance on carbon-based fuels.

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    How to participate?

     

    This program is new to New Mexico residents and will be available sometime in early 2023. AES will be bringing community solar facilities to multiple counties in the state. Once you join a community solar project, there is no interruption to your service, and you’ll continue to get your normal electricity bill with a section for solar energy credits. Once community solar projects are available, customers can contact us to learn more and to subscribe.

    Community Impact

     

    We believe in being a good neighbor in the communities where we work. That means ensuring responsible renewable energy development that benefits both the environment and local communities. That’s why we partner with communities to support sustainable social and economic development.

     

    Explore community programs in New Mexico for partnerships – tribal engagement, educational/workforce training, enviro/wildlife impacts.

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    Solar Workforce Development Program

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    AES has partnered with Solar Energy International, a leading solar training and educational non-profit, to provide solar workforce development and training in New Mexico. As part of that effort, AES has created an AES-funded scholarship, which provides financial assistance for 15 New Mexico residents to cover solar education tuition fees.

     

    The AES-SEI partnership includes two elements: the AES scholarship fund and consulting services for colleges and universities to provide career development for the future solar industry workforce. Both elements aim to stimulate local participation in the New Mexico clean energy industry through professional development and training, leading to employment in the solar energy industry.

     

    Individuals selected for the AES scholarship will enroll in SEI’s North America Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Associates training program, which includes online solar system design and installation classes along with NABCEP PV Associate testing. By empowering soon-to-be solar energy experts with the necessary training, the AES Scholarship program will strengthen and build the growing New Mexico solar workforce.

    Landowners

    We present landowners with new opportunities to capitalize on the value of their land while retaining ownership throughout the clean energy project life cycle. For many, this is a welcome complement to current land use and an opportunity to diversify their land investment while hedging against volatile commodity prices. For others, our projects offer an income stream and land-use option where none otherwise existed.

    Our team and landowners work together, in partnership, from the beginning stages of site discussions, through permitting, construction, and operation. The landowner relationship with AES begins early, is built on trust and open communication, and ensures the partnership is beneficial for everyone

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    505-353-3393

    Email:

    communityinquiries@aes.com

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