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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 New Mexico Research & Policy Center

Shining Rewards

Solar energy is on the rise in the United States. At the end of the first quarter of 2015, more than 21,300 megawatts of cumulative solar electric capacity had been installed around the country, enough to power more than 4.3 million homes. The rapid growth of solar energy in the United States is the result of forward-looking policies that are helping the nation reduce its contribution to global warming and expand its use of local renewable energy sources.

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News Release | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

Report: Utilities like PNM vastly undervalue solar energy

Households and businesses with solar panels deliver greater benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, countering increasing complaints from utilities that solar homeowners don’t pay their fair share.

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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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