Sol Not Coal is a campaign to bring brighter possibilities for health, prosperity, and sustainability to the people of New Mexico, in line with longstanding community values.
We partner with diverse allies to create energy transformation. Solar today is cost-competitive, creates local jobs, and avoids huge amounts of water use – all with none of the environmental and health hazards of coal and other fossil fuels. For local nonprofits, farms, and public agencies, solar installation allows them to redirect funds previously spent on utility bills to the vital services they provide – money cycled back into the community, instead of for profit. Our solar installations demonstrate the tangible economic, environmental, and health benefits of solar, and prove that the shift to renewable energy is not only necessary but possible today.
We use model solar electric system installations as a means to:
1) demonstrate the financial, environmental and health benefits of solar to hundreds of people;
2) repurpose money previously allocated to utility bill payment for vital programs that service the community; and
3) build durability for our community institutions through a highly visible and notable community project with well-established local partners;
4) prioritize communities in need or with less likelihood of access to solar power.
Thanks to the generosity and widespread support from people all over the nation, these powerful community organizations are next up to join the clean energy ranks: Tewa Women United, Solace Crisis Treatment Center, and Santa Fe Fire Station #9.