Sol not Coal: Solarizing Our Communities




Community-Scale Solar Installations Demonstrate the Benefits and Viability of Solar, Today!

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,

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. 

When we install solar electric systems, we 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, Monte Vista Farm, and the Nancy Rodriguez Community Center.




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So far, our solarization projects have saved our partners over $150,500, and the money previously spent on coal-fired electricity is now re-purposed into community programs. We’ve avoided over1 million gallons of water use associated with coal energy production and offset more than 15.42 tons of carbon pollution emissions.

Our celebrations include solar installations at:

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cerrillos Road Fire Station (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.

Transitioning from coal to solar is the smartest financial path forward. Go here to donate toward this effort, and sign up here to be notified of our monthly dinners to support this cause. Join a community of active supporters of the conversion to solar and the fight against climate disruption!

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