New Mexico commission rejects community solar project
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has rejected a proposal to build a community solar project in Dona Ana County.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the commission voted Wednesday to ax the El Paso Electric proposal.
The commission approved a motion from Santa Fe-based renewable energy advocacy group New Energy Economy, an intervener in the case, to reject the proposal.
El Paso Electric spokesman George De La Torre says the company has no definite plans to submit a new proposal to the commission.
Opponents of the project claim that solar energy produced by El Paso Electric’s proposed project would have been too costly, while supporters argued that the project would have provided low-income county residents access to community solar.
The city of Las Cruces opposed the project.