The New Mexico Solar Energy Association

Solar Energy

Where Does New Mexico Get Most of its Energy??


From the SUN!! –

Always has, Always will!

Local Chapters

Earth Updates

Warmer, Warmest

​"Last year (2015) was the warmest year on record - by far".  Piers Sellers, NASA Earth Sciences Director


The global temperature in July 2016 was the warmest ever recorded (ie since the late 1800's).

Warming Effects

Climate scientists forecast more floods like those in Louisiana and the Carolina's.

Big Changes

"The biggest change we will see in the next 25 years is the transition to a low-carbon energy future". Jules Kortenhorst, CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute

COP 21

The January 2016 COP21 "summit" in Paris resulted in a “historic” multi-nation agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a voluntary agreement, but a framework will be established to measure & report each country’s emissions & progress in reducing...

Coal Woes

JP Morgan Chase joined Bank of America, Citigroup, and Morgan Stanley in announcing that they would significantly reduce financing for coal-fired power plants. Oregon Gov Kate Brown recently signed a bill requiring Oregon to eliminate coal from its energy supply by...

Solar Updates

Federal Tax Credits

An extension of the Federal renewable energy tax credits was passed as a part of the Dec 2015 Federal budget deal. This will result in significantly more solar & wind capacity being installed in the US.

Clean Energy Investments​

2015 was a record year for global investment in clean energy, with $ 329 billion invested in wind, solar panels, biomass plants and more around the world. Fully one-third of the 2015 clean energy investment occurred in China. That country saw investments of $ 110.5...

Solar Goes BIG in California

The Desert Sunlight & Topaz Solar Farms, located in the Mojave Desert east of Palm Springs, came online in early 2015.  At 550 MW each, they are the two largest PV solar power plants in the world. The 377 MW Ivanpah Concentrating Solar-Thermal plant, located in...

RE Pushback

Hawaii has ended its Net-Metering policy, eliminating a major incentive for rooftop solar PV system owners. Arizona has imposed extra fees on grid-tied roof-top solar system owners. Nevada's newly appointed Utility Commissioners approved severe retro-active penalties...

NM Updates

NM PRC Decisions

The NM Public Regulatory Commission regulates all public utilities in New Mexico.  On Dec 16, 2015 the PRC approved the final San Juan Generating Station Plan to retire 2 of the 4 San Juan coal-fired units in order to meet EPA pollution rules. On September 28, 2016...

NM State Legislature

The 2016 30 day “Short Session” ended without approval of the bill to extend the state tax credit for RE. NM's 10% tax credit for residential solar will expire at the end of 2016. The actual funds that support the PV portion of this tax credit were completely used up...

NM Coal

Two of the four coal-fired generating units at the San Juan Generating Station will be shut down as part of the EPA San Juan Stipulation Agreement.  Peabody Energy, which declared bankruptcy in April, owns two coal mines near Grants, which they have tried & failed...

​Albuquerque Solar

On September 19, the Albuquerque City Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution calling for the City to get 25% of the power for city facilities from solar sources within 9 years.

Confronting Climate Change in NM

A special report from the Union of Concerned Scientists was released in mid-April 2016. This link will download your copy:...

NMSEA Updates

The Latest NMSEA Videos on YouTube

The full 13-part Renewable New Mexico Video Series plus information-packed Seminar Presentations from the Spring & Fall 2014 Solar Fiestas are now on the NMSEA YouTube Channel. John Perlin, the author of Let it Shine: the 6,000-Year History of Solar Energy, was...

NMSEA Local Chapters

Local NMSEA Chapters in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Silver City, Alamogordo, Los Alamos, Las Vegas and Taos participate in community events & organize regular meetings.  Check out the What's Happening - News & Events link and the NMSEA Chapters links for more...