Community Solar Program Tie Breaking Event on May 1
What is Community Solar?
Community solar programs promote participation in renewable energy solutions by allowing qualified electric utility customers to purchase shares in a solar facility to offset monthly energy consumption, often via a credit on their monthly utility bills or by purchasing or leasing a portion of the solar panels in an array.
The community solar program in New Mexico is still under development. The Community Solar Act, or SB84, was signed into law in April 2021 by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.
A community-based solar project could benefit individuals, businesses, nonprofits and other groups, who don’t have access to energy from solar installations.
Community solar allows for equal access to the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy generation regardless of the physical attributes or ownership of an individual’s home or business.
Who Might Be Interested?
Multi-unit Residents or Renters. For qualified utility customers who live in a multi-unit dwelling and/or do not directly control the shared property or have roof space, or are unable to make home modifications.
Those affected by other factors:
- Your roof requires significant investment before a PV system could be installed.
- Your home’s location is shaded or your roof is oriented in such a way that it cannot receive adequate solar rays for a PV system.
- Your home is on a circuit with high saturation of PV systems
For Investor-Owned Utilities
The following three links concern the issuance of the Commission’s order to New Mexico’s three investor-owned electric utilities to provide notice to current, future, and potential applicants for interconnection of community solar projects concerning the impact of the pending Community Solar Act rulemaking on such applications and the subsequent revision of the notice to provide greater detail for applicants (as well as to correct an issue with the utilities’ initial notices).