Legislation Update

Community Solar Act Makes it Through the House!

The Community Solar Act cleared the New Mexico House of Representatives on Monday February 19 on a largely party line vote of 42 to 25. Action on this critical piece of renewal energy legislation now moves to the New Mexico Senate. Up first will be the Senate Conservation Committee on a date to be determined - and we will keep you posted!

Our sincere thanks to all who supported the Act, and a special shout out to Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero (D13) and Representative Melanie Stansbury (D 28) for their articulate defense of the Act and meticulous analysis of the substitute bill introduced to undermine the core of HB210.

Community solar is a key piece of New Mexico’s future.  It means cleaner, cheaper, better energy across the state.  Our bill will empower New Mexicans to access solar power — without installing solar panels on your property. The idea is to allow citizens to build shared “solar gardens,” where households, businesses, and local governments can get their energy. The legislation holds great possibilities for communities, counties, pueblos, nations, and tribes across the state.  
 
Our Coalition, now comprised of the Cities of Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Santa Fe County, has worked for months to come to this opportunity.  

Now, as the Community Solar Act moves to the Senate, it is time for a major push! Please urge your New Mexico Senators and let them know that you want to see Community Solar in New Mexico! You can find your Senator's contact information here.
 

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Thank you for your continued support of the Coalition of Sustainable Communities New Mexico. 

Beth Beloff
CSCNM Executive Director