The landfill on the Charlie Lee Memorial Relief Route could grow to be a solar farm next the Alamogordo Town Commissions nod of approval on June 9.
Commissioners accredited a letter of intent to lease 35.62 acres of land to SynerGen Photo voltaic to start off the method of turning the southern portion of the now unused landfill into a solar farm.
“SynerGen Solar is a battery storage facility, the deliver photo voltaic devices for business, industrial, non-earnings businesses (and) to the community in basic… they are identified for developing these solar gardens — solar systems — on previous landfills,” Otero County Economic Enhancement Council Interim Executive Director Laurie Anderson claimed.
SynerGen Solar’s subsequent step is to submit an interconnection application to the New Mexico Community Regulation Commission.
The Interconnection application permits SynerGen Photo voltaic to reserve ability on New Mexico’s solar grid. Once the task is acknowledged into the condition solar software, the method to develop begins, Anderson stated.
That method can previous up to a 12 months and even 18 months in some conditions, Anderson mentioned.
The minimum amount capability for the venture was estimated at 200 megawatts. For reference, 100 megawatts can electrical power 120,000 New Mexico houses for a yr.
SynerGen Solar explained it would conduct a feasibility analyze and environmental exams, Anderson said, as part of the undertaking groundwork.
“They currently know how to construct their individual photo voltaic projects onto landfills. All of that cost will come onto (SynerGen Photo voltaic) by themselves. They are the ones who will conclusion up footing that bill,” she claimed.
The proposed space for the solar farm is east of the new desalinization plant on Charlie Lee Memorial Highway.
“New Mexico’s local climate is typified by considerable sunshine, and the condition is a single of the top 3 in the country with the best solar energy opportunity,” according to the U.S. Vitality Information and facts Administration.
“Utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) services presented 5% of New Mexico’s in-state internet era in 2020, and tiny-scale (less than 1 megawatt), customer-sited photo voltaic PV installations supplied about 1%. New Mexico does not have any in-state solar thermal electric power web generation, but the Sandia National Laboratories, headquartered in Albuquerque, is the home of the Countrywide Solar Thermal Tests Facility, which gives facts for the style, design, and operation of parts applied in solar thermal energy crops that focus the sun’s rays to produce electricity.”
In 2019 New Mexico handed the Electrical power Transition Act (ETA) which fully commited the condition to turn into 100% carbon absolutely free vitality by 2045.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a supporter of renewable electrical power, promoted the invoice and signed it into legislation.
Lujan Grisham stated the changeover from fossil fuels, which effects in 40% of New Mexico’s profits, to small-carbon strength meats the State’s objective to diversify its economy and decrease weather improve impacts.
New Mexico Point out Land Commission Stephanie Garcia Richard dedicated upon getting workplace to triple renewable power on Condition Trust Land and mentioned the workplace had doubled its renewable portfolio in 2021.
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