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Victory: Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks protected as national monument

President Obama permanently protected the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks outside Las Cruces by designating them a national monument. Protecting nearly a half million acres, this is the largest monument the Obama administration has declared thus far. Now, mountain lions, pronghorn antelope and peregrine falcon will have protected habitat, while New Mexicans will have beautiful places for hiking and other recreational adventures long into the future.

Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

10 Ways to Help Your City Go Solar

Last month's Shining Cities report detailed how cities are good for solar and solar is good for cities. We've seen some impressive strides across the nation to momentously expand our solar capabilities. But we're not where we need to be yet. To obtain a clean energy future your cities and towns need to do even more. Here's how to push them in the right direction! 

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News Release | Environment New Mexico

Governor Rejects Bill that Encourages Solar Development and Jobs

Despite hundreds of calls and letters from New Mexicans, Governor Susana Martinez failed to sign a bill that creates economic development, and improves air quality and public health. New Mexicans and the solar industry are disappointed the Governor pocket vetoed the bill that would have extended the tax credit for solar installations and would have assisted job growth in the state.

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News Release | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

Albuquerque earns berth in “sweet sixteen” for solar power

Albuquerque has more solar panels than most major American cities, ranking 12th among major metropolitan areas analyzed in a new report. The Duke City’s berth in the “solar sweet sixteen,” just behind San Francisco and ahead of Sacramento, was owed primarily to individuals installing solar panels on their homes.

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Report | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

Shining Cities

The use of solar power is expanding rapidly across the United States. By the end of 2014, the United States had 20,500 megawatts (MW) of cumulative solar electric capacity, enough to power four million average U.S. homes. This success is the outcome of federal, state and local programs that are working in concert to make solar power accessible to more Americans, thereby cleaning our air, protecting our health, and hedging against volatile electricity prices.

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News Release | Environment New Mexico

Senate Passes Bill to Extend Solar Tax Credit

The New Mexico Senate passed a bill to extend the residential, commercial, and agricultural tax credit for solar installations. The ten percent tax credit for a solar installation was set to expire at the end of 2016. This bill changes the expiration date to December 31, 2020, providing four additional years to take advantage of the tax credit.

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