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Oct 16, 2020
The Jicarilla Apache Nation, City of Albuquerque and PNM celebrate groundbreaking of 50-MW solar project Credit: Photo by Mike Lewinski on Unsplash Yesterday, a virtual Watch Party was held for the groundbreakingof the PNM Solar Direct universal solar field. Watch Party attendees got aglimpse of the 50-megawatt (MW) solar field located on 500 acres of JicarillaApache Nation land in northern New Mexico. This is the first utility-scalesolar project on Jicarilla Apache Nation land and the third largest solarproject on tribal lands in the United States. PNM Solar Direct allows large electric customers to subscribe tothe energy generated by the solar field so that municipalities, governmental,tribal and educational entities, as well as large commercial customers canbegin using solar energy to power their operations. PNM Solar Direct voluntarysubscribers include the City of Albuquerque, Walmart, Santa Fe County,Bernalillo County, Western New Mexico University, the City of Deming, DemingPublic Schools, Grant County and Silver City. “Our journey began many years ago, with the foresight and wisdomof our tribal leaders to exercise our energy sovereignty and create a vision ofdeveloping our tribally owned utility authority,” said Jicarilla Apache NationPresident Edward Velarde. “Envisioning an energy future, on our terms, has ledus to an innovative and unique partnership between Hecate Energy, PNM, the Cityof Albuquerque and other governmental, educational and business entities.” “Today’s groundbreaking highlights New Mexico’s solar energypotential and celebrates the remarkable partnership formed in pursuit of acommon goal,” said Pat Vincent-Collawn, PNM chairman, president and CEO. “AsPNM takes another step forward toward its goal to deliver emissions-freeenergy, we commend the Jicarilla Apache Nation, Albuquerque Mayor Keller,Western New Mexico University and our other partners in the PNM Solar Directprogram for building new economic opportunities and moving New Mexico forwardas a clean energy leader.” Avirtual groundbreaking was held to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.PNM, the City of Albuquerque, and all partners remain optimistic for a healthyand in-person ribbon cutting celebration in the future. Renewable Energy World's content team members help deliver the most comprehensive news coverage of the renewable energy industries. Based in the U.S., the UK, and South Africa, the team is comprised of editors from Clarion Energy's myriad of publications that cover the global energy industry.