Rio Rancho and Sandoval County understand the importance of sustaining our valuable natural resources for long-term development success. Abundant sunshine, high planes wind, and the execution of sustainability plans ensure the communities of Sandoval County will have resources for generations to come.
The New Mexico Renewable Portfolio Standard calls for 20% renewable energy by 2020, and 4% from solar power from investor-owned utilities, and 10% renewable from rural electric cooperatives. The state offers tax incentives to encourage the development of renewable energy projects.
The PNM Sandoval County Solar Energy Center, located north of Northern Boulevard on Encino Road at 14th Ave NW in Rancho, houses approximately 75,590 solar panels and generates enough energy to serve 2,450 average customers.
Energy produced by the 6.4-megawatt solar energy center is used for PNM’s user base, and not just for Sandoval County residents.
For a list of PNM's additional Solar Centers, click here.
Though none currently exist in Sandoval County, New Mexico's open landscape is an ideal place for wind turbines. New Mexico wind farms generate enough power to serve 275,000 homes across. To date, New Mexico has generated more than $1.3 billion in private investment, and this growing industry supports hundreds of jobs in the Land of Enchantment. Learn more about wind energy in New Mexico here.
Pictured: Red Mesa Wind Farm in Cibola County, west of Sandoval County