Community Solar Program

Program Community Solar Program
Category Regulatory Policy
Implementing sector State
Last Update
State New Mexico
Administrator Public Regulation Commission
Start Date
Technologies Solar Photovoltaics
Sectors Residential

S.B. 84, enacted in April 2021, established a community solar program in New Mexico. Community solar facilities can generate up to 5MW of alternating current and must have at least 10 subscribers. A single subscriber can purchase no more than 40% of the electricity from a system, and at least 40% of each system's electricity must be reserved for smaller subscriptions of 25kW or less. Native community solar projects are exempt from these requirements. In addition, 30% of a system's electricity must be reserved for low-income subscribers. The program will open to the public in April 2023.

Through April 2024, there are 200 MW available, split between the three major utilities. After this, an annual cap will be created. Native and rural cooperative solar projects are exempt from this cap.

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