U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Four Companies Launch New Mexico Solar Energy Project
April 21, 2004
Spire's manufacturing plant in Chicago has generated high-value, local jobs.
Credit: Spire Solar Chicago
Four companies—Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, SolarPort, Spire
Corporation, and New Energy Capital—announced an agreement on April 14th to manufacture solar panels and generate solar electricity in the
rural communities of northern New Mexico. Under the agreement, solar
panels will be assembled at a future Spire Corporation facility in
Taos and installed in various locations around northern New Mexico.
New Mexico utilities, including Kit Carson, will purchase the solar-generated electricity, helping them to meet a state requirement for
electricity generated from renewable energy. The companies made their
announcement at the North American Energy Summit in Albuquerque. See
the New Energy Capital press release (PDF 25 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.
Since 1999, Spire has participated in a similar collaboration in
Chicago, called Spire Solar Chicago, which has installed more than
600 kilowatts of solar power in the city. See the Spire Solar Chicago