Go Solar, New Mexico
If New Mexico has the second highest solar potential in the country, why are we getting so much of our energy from oil and coal, which pollute our air, threaten the health of our kids, and fuel global warming? We have a plan to change that and see 100,000 solar roofs by 2020.
Imagine 100,000 solar roofs in the next decade
It's the 21st century. So why do we still get so much of our energy from dirty and dangerous energy sources of the past, like coal and oil, which pollute our air, threaten the health of our kids and fuel global warming? Instead, we should be doing all we can to promote clean energy sources—like solar, which is abundant in New Mexico. We have a plan to put up 100,000 solar roofs in New Mexico by 2020. That's 100,000 homes powered by pollution-free energy that never runs out, only gets cheaper over time and creates jobs here in New Mexico.
Big Oil and King Coal stand in the way
New Mexico has the second greatest solar potential in the United States, receiving over 310 days of sunshine annually. Yet despite our massive solar potential, New Mexico ranks behind states like New Jersey in terms of solar production. We can and should be doing much more to fulﬁll our solar potential and shift away from dirty energy, but the oil and coal industries want to keep us hooked on their dirty and dangerous fuels, when we want to move forward.
Solar power creates jobs
Not only is solar energy a no-brainer for our health and environment, it’s good for New Mexico’s economy. In 2013, solar jobs grew at a rate ten times faster than the overall economy. (1) Every dollar invested in solar and other renewable energy sources goes toward generating 4 to 10 times as many jobs as a dollar invested in oil, gas, and other dirty fuels. (2) Better still, these are local jobs which cannot be outsourced.
Together, we can win
Environment New Mexico is bringing together thousands of New Mexicans to counter the oil and coal industries and fulfill our massive solar potential. We’re building the broad grassroots support it will take to convince our leaders to help New Mexico go solar.
Members and supporters like you make it possible for our staff to conduct research, make our case to the media, testify in the Roundhouse, and persuade elected officials to make the right choices. By taking action online, you can help New Mexico put up 100,000 roofs by 2020.