EIA: Power Capacity In Texas Not Keeping Up With Demand

Although the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is expected to have an additional 1,032 MW of capacity available this summer than last summer, the grid operator is facing its second year in a row with a reserve margin below its target level of 13.75 percent, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. ERCOT is the only […]

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PNM to Add Renewables in Portfolio

Richard A. Kessler  Wednesday, July 03 2013 PNM, the largest electric utility in New Mexico, has unveiled plans to boost solar PV 30% on its system next year and wind 50% in 2015 as part of its effort to curb reliance on coal. The proposed renewable resource additions including building 23MW of solar PV and […]

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Construction Begins On 50-Megawatt Solar Project Near Deming

Construction has started on New Mexico’s largest solar power plant, which will sell all its power to El Paso Electric, those involved in the project announced Monday. The 50-megawatt Macho Springs Solar Project is being built near Deming, N.M., by First Solar, a Phoenix area solar panel manufacturer and solar plant developer. The plant is […]

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The Evolution of Residential Solar Leasing

The introduction of the solar lease financing model and third-party system ownership has rapidly and fundamentally transformed the residential solar market in the US. One could argue that the advent of high-voltage string inverters in the US market in 2001 was the last transformative event of this magnitude. The solar lease is a once-ina- decade […]

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Despite Obstacles, Solar Gains Ground in Texas

From Marfa Public Radio:  This week we have examined the opportunity and challenge for solar power in Texas. There are no state mandates or incentives for solar. And the head of the Public Utilities Commission says Congress should end solar’s 30 per cent federal tax credit.  Listen to the Radio Story  Despite that landscape solar is breaking through in parts […]

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Solar Rate Hike Plan Sparks Debate

Tom Laign, an Eastside resident, recently signed a contract with a local company to put solar panels on the roof of his house, a $20,000 commitment. Like other El Pasoans who have invested in expensive solar equipment on their homes, Laign looks forward to the day when the system is paid for and he no […]

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Officials: Solar users won’t be separate class

LAS CRUCES — Efforts by El Paso Electric Co. to create a separate rate class for solar residential customers in New Mexico have been halted. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, on a 3-2 vote at its weekly meeting Wednesday in Santa Fe, approved an order to deny El Paso Electric from including solar residential […]

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El Paso Home & Garden Show

Join Us! Come join Larry, owner of Solar Smart Living, at the El Paso Home and Garden Show and discover what solar can do for you! Where? El Paso Convention Center One Civic Center Plaza El Paso, TX 79901 When? Friday, March 11 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Saturday, March 12 10:00 am – 6:00 […]

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