The County is proud to be doing our share to be a part of the global transition to renewable energy. The electricity associated with our operations is on track to be well over 50% renewable by 2025, in line with the 2045 date of New Mexico's Energy Transition Act. Santa Fe County now has 18 facilities that are equipped with solar panels with a combined production of 1.6 megawatts:
The PV systems produce nearly 2.5 million kWh of energy annually, which is equivalent to the CO2 emissions from 4.3 million miles driven by a passenger car, or the amount of carbon sequestered by 2,280 acres of U.S. forests in one year. This renewable energy powers services such as fire stations, senior centers, community centers, and provides clean drinking water.
In 2020 alone, the County's PV systems saved residents over $300,000. Moreover, these systems reduce approximately 1,925 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year, improving air quality in New Mexico and increasing our climate resiliency.
2020 - SolSmart Bronze