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.

 

(1) Source: http://thesolarfoundation.org/research/national-solar-jobs-census-2013

(2) Source: http://www.peri.umass.edu/fileadmin/pdf/other_publication_types/green_economics/economic_benefits/economic_benefits.PDF

Solar updates

News Release | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

Report: 25 percent solar within reach

Solar power is growing so fast in New Mexico that goals once considered ambitious are now seen as readily achievable, according to a new report by Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center.

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Report | Environment New Mexico Research and Policy Center

Star Power: The Growing Role of Solar Energy in New Mexico

Our new report shows that tapping just a fraction of our state’s solar potential will yield tremendous benefits for our lives, our environment and our children’s future. The report also demonstrates that the rapid growth of solar makes goals what once seemed ambitious readily achievable.

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News Release | Environment New Mexico

Environment New Mexico Endorses Candidates for 2014 Elections

Environment New Mexico, a statewide environmental organization, announced today the endorsement of three candidates for federal office in the 2014 elections.

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Report | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

Shining Cities

Solar power is on the rise across the country. The United States has more than 200 times as much solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed today as it did in 2002. With solar module prices coming down, increasing national awareness of solar energy, and a growing legion of solar businesses large and small, solar power is emerging as a mainstream energy solution with widespread benefits for our health, our economy and the environment.

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News Release | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

New Report: Albuquerque Ranks 14th Among Major Cities for Installed Solar

Environment New Mexico was joined at Silver Gardens Apartments by City Councilor Isaac Benton and Patrick Griebel, General Manager of Affordable Solar, to release a new report: “Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution,” The report ranks Albuquerque 14th of major cities for the amount of solar installed and 16th for solar installed per capita, and provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar in major American cities.

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