Albuquerque announces USD 25 million solar project

Albuquerque is to install over USD 25 million worth of solar projects on the city’s buildings. The announcement marks the first phase in the goal of generating 25 per cent of city’s energy use from solar power.

Albuquerque City Councillors Pat Davis and Isaac Benton have announced the city in New Mexico, USA is to install over USD 25 million of solar projects on city buildings.

This will be the first phase in fulfilling the goal of generating 25 per cent of the city’s energy use from solar, explained a statement.

The first phase of the project is expected to create 135 jobs in Albuquerque and to save taxpayers around USD 20 million over 30 years.

“Producing our own energy through solar makes sense for the City,” commented Davis during the announcement. “It makes sense for our environment and our economy. I’m proud to say we are making Albuquerque a cleaner, greener city, while also creating over 100 local jobs and saving tax payers millions on our electricity bill.”

In September 2016, the City Council of Albuquerque unanimously passed a resolution calling to generate 25 per cent of its energy from solar by 2025.

A report released by the Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center ranked Albuquerque ninth amongst American cities based on the amount of solar energy installed, with 82 megawatts providing clean energy in the city at the end of 2016.

There are 102 solar companies in New Mexico employing 2,929 individuals. Solar energy is one of the fastest growing job markets in the United States.

The first phase of the project is expected to begin later this year and finish within two years.

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