Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Santa Fe County established the Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the spring of 2011. Housed within the Public Works Department, the Office promotes deployment of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy technologies in County facilities and operations and in the residential and commercial sectors to promote "green economy" job creation and economic development. The Office is a direct outgrowth of clean energy policies and directives established in the Sustainable Growth Management Plan adopted by the County Commission in 2010 (see Chapters 3, 7 and 8).
Our public outreach, education and technical assistance services are available to all County residents and businesses, including those located within the city limits of Santa Fe, Edgewood, and Española.
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Makes $ense for Homes and Businesses
Our mission is to educate homeowners and businesses about the various types and benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy (solar, wind, ground-coupled heat pumps, etc.) technologies and the state, federal and electric and natural gas utility incentives available. Encouraging the adoption of cost-effective energy efficiency measures by businesses and homeowners will decrease energy utility expenditures, while creating locally-sourced clean energy jobs. Money saved through energy efficiency stays in the local economy and contributes to overall (not just clean energy-related) job creation.
Many citizens are unaware that solar photovoltaic systems cost about half of what they did just a few years ago! A 3 kw system, a fairly robust size for a medium-sized home, might have cost $30,000 or more 5 years ago. Today, that system will cost between $15,000-20,000 depending on your roof conditions and the type of system you choose. And that's before receiving a 30% federal and 10% state income tax credit! Your "net cost" for a 3 kw system may end up being between $9000 and $12,000. In addition, PNM still has incentives (though they are decreasing rapidly) to pay you for the power produced from your system.
The list of federal, state, and utility incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy measures for your home or business is too extensive to list here. For more information, see the links below or feel free to contact the County's Energy Specialists.
Contact Us - We're Here to Help!
Public Outreach and Education: Speakers Bureau
The County's Energy Specialists are available to your neighborhood or homeowners' association, business or industry group and other events and forums to present helpful information about energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities. Feel free to call or e-mail them if you are interested!
Erik Aaboe, 995-2718 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig O'Hare, 992-3044 or email@example.com
Useful Clean Energy Links