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Published on October 16th, 2020 | by greentechheadlines

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The Jicarilla Apache Nation, City of Albuquerque and PNM celebrate groundbreaking of 50-MW solar project –

The Jicarilla Apache Nation, City of Albuquerque and PNM celebrate groundbreaking of 50-MW solar project –

Yesterday, a virtual Watch Party was held for the groundbreaking
of the PNM Solar Direct universal solar field. Watch Party attendees got a
glimpse of the 50-megawatt (MW) solar field located on 500 acres of Jicarilla
Apache Nation land in northern New Mexico. This is the first utility-scale
solar project on Jicarilla Apache Nation land and the third largest solar
project on tribal lands in the United States.

PNM Solar Direct allows large electric customers to subscribe to
the energy generated by the solar field so that municipalities, governmental,
tribal and educational entities, as well as large commercial customers can
begin using solar energy to power their operations. PNM Solar Direct voluntary
subscribers include the City of Albuquerque, Walmart, Santa Fe County,
Bernalillo County, Western New Mexico University, the City of Deming, Deming
Public Schools, Grant County and Silver City.

“Our journey began many years ago, with the foresight and wisdom
of our tribal leaders to exercise our energy sovereignty and create a vision of
developing our tribally owned utility authority,” said Jicarilla Apache Nation
President Edward Velarde. “Envisioning an energy future, on our terms, has led
us to an innovative and unique partnership between Hecate Energy, PNM, the City
of Albuquerque and other governmental, educational and business entities.”

“Today’s groundbreaking highlights New Mexico’s solar energy
potential and celebrates the remarkable partnership formed in pursuit of a
common goal,” said Pat Vincent-Collawn, PNM chairman, president and CEO. “As
PNM takes another step forward toward its goal to deliver emissions-free
energy, we commend the Jicarilla Apache Nation, Albuquerque Mayor Keller,
Western New Mexico University and our other partners in the PNM Solar Direct
program for building new economic opportunities and moving New Mexico forward
as a clean energy leader.”

A
virtual groundbreaking was held to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
PNM, the City of Albuquerque, and all partners remain optimistic for a healthy
and in-person ribbon cutting celebration in the future.


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