It was a sunny day Wednesday (July 25) as representatives from Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) and Guzman Energy, alongside partners ParaSol and Syncarpha, cut the ribbon at a newly constructed solar array next to Eagle Nest Lake.
Built during a three-month period, the 1 megawatt (MW) array features more than 4000 panels, which are capable of serving nearly 2000 KCEC members in Eagle Nest and the Moreno Valley. The array began testing in late July in advance of a planned commercial operation date of Aug. 13.
“Today is a great day for Kit Carson members and for northern New Mexico,” said KCEC CEO Luis Reyes. “With this brand-new array that will serve upwards of 2000 members, we move yet another step closer to our goal of generating 100 percent of our daytime energy via solar by the year 2022.”
In February 2017, Kit Carson and Guzman Energy announced an exclusive partnership to provide the Northern New Mexico counties of Taos, Colfax and Rio Arriba with solar energy dependence. In addition to removing cap limits on renewable energy sourced as dictated by the previous provider, the Guzman Energy partnership is expected to save 30,000 Kit Carson members $50 million to $70 million during a 10-year period.
The Eagle Nest array comes on the heels of this spring’s construction of a four-megawatt solar array at the Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant, which will provide an estimated 45 percent of daytime solar energy electricity to approximately 1500 Kit Carson homes.
“We’re proud to be here today in continuing to progress toward an environmentally friendly energy transition for Northern New Mexico,” said Guzman Energy President Chris Riley. “As exhibited by our array construction this spring at the Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant and now here at Eagle Nest, we are committed to meeting KCEC members’ desire to move towards renewable energy and make Kit Carson communities more competitive.”
“All of us residing here in Eagle Nest are ecstatic to be a part of this revolutionary change,” said Eagle Nest Mayor Richard Cordova. “It’s a giant step towards delivering clean, dependable and affordable energy to our community. We’re grateful to Kit Carson, Guzman Energy, ParaSol and Syncarpha.”
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