Since 2011, New Energy Economy has partnered with community organizations serving our Northern New Mexico community to install new solar projects and educate diverse communities about energy democracy. These are the projects we have completed to date:
Monte Vista Organic Farms (2015)
David & Loretta Fresquez have been farming for over 40 years and have been vending at the Santa Fe Farmers Market since 1989, with Monte Vista Organic Farm officially beginning in 1993. They currently farm in Española and have an active CSA. As a collaboration with New Energy Economy and Positive Energy Solar, their installation was completed in July of 2015.
Pueblo of Tesuque Greenhouse (2015)
This solar installation on two green hope houses will extend the growing season all year long and allow fresh vegetables and herbs to be enjoyed locally. Just like radiant heat in your home, tubes containing water were placed underground and are heated by solar so that the temperature in the green houses never falls below freezing. Fresh strawberries, chilies, peach, apricot and apple trees are now growing all year round. Elders can enjoy the organic food grown for free.
Zona del Sol (2014)
This Santa Fe Youth & Family Center houses educational, recreational, and social service programs on the underserved Southside of Santa Fe.
Santa Fe County Fire Stations (2014)
We secured $182,000 for the solarization of all County fire stations. The legislative delegation allocated part of their capital outlay dollars to this landmark project.
Chimayo Fire Station (2014):
We partnered with Santa Fe County to install solar at Chimayo – another victory for fire fighters on the front lines of climate change!
Tesuque Fire Station (July 2013)
At Santa Fe County’s first solar-powered fire station, the electricity bill plummeted from more than $115 to $8.65 a month, PNM’s base rate, a success that prompted the County’s interest in solarizing all fire stations. Now, PNM sends the Tesuque fire station a check every month! At the May 14, 2013 County Commission meeting, Commissioners Mayfield and Anaya introduced a unanimously passed resolution approving a project with New Energy Economy to solarize the Tesuque Fire Department. Click here to read the full resolution.
Taytsugeh Oweengeh Intergenerational Center, Pueblo of Tesuque (Fall 2012)
The center is home to a senior center, children’s library, full basketball court, and the Tribal Council’s administrative offices.
City of Santa Fe Fire Station #3 (2012)
We partnered with the City of Santa Fe to install solar at its largest station. The money saved on utility bills goes toward protective equipment for firefighters on the front lines of climate change.
Crownpoint Chapter House, Navajo Nation (May 2011)
The solar power system provides 100% of the electricity for this central building. Over its lifetime, the system will save $114,115 on electric utility bills, conserve 139,900 gallons of water not used in coal plant turbines, and eliminate .5 million lbs of carbon pollution.