PNM unveils new solar energy center

Posted at: 11/19/2013 5:51 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

PNM unveiled their second solar energy center providing renewable energy in Valencia County on Tuesday.

"It's a fixed panel array and will produce at its peak about eight megawatts of energy," said Ron Talbot, the Chief Operating Officer for PNM.

The array spans 60 acres and holds more than 100,000 solar panels in Los Lunas and will produce enough solar energy to power up to 2,600 New Mexico homes.

The goal is to use what New Mexico has to offer and keep constructing more renewable energy sites since the state has a law that encourages development of solar, wind, and renewables in general.

Although this is a big step toward PNM's commitment of producing renewable energy, PNM says it is still striving for the main renewable resource the state has: wind.

Talbot says that a wind farm is coming to the west side of the state at the base of Mt. Taylor.

Right now, New Mexico only gets about 10 percent of its energy from renewable resources. By 2020, it wants to have that number up to 20 percent.