LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KFOX14) — Las Cruces city leaders are expected to meet on Monday and discuss bringing solar electricity to New Mexico customers.
The update they’ll review outlines a program that would build a solar facility near Las Cruces and then provide solar power for New Mexico customers who want it.
The program would be run by El Paso Electric and is similar to the program that already exists in El Paso, Texas. That program currently serves over 1,400 El Pasoans and avoids more than 11 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
El Paso Electric is requesting a reduced rate for low-income New Mexico customers to participate in the program.
The update being presented Monday says that those who participate will not see an increase in their electric bill and could even see a decrease.
Customers who opt in would be required to subscribe for a minimum of 12 consecutive months and then could terminate at any time after that. The program is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The update says the next move is for El Paso Electric to file for approval of the New Mexico program.