Three City office buildings are now being powered by the sun, as Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry unveiled the most recent photo-voltaic solar array at the Fire Academy.
Albuquerque, NM- Three City office buildings are now being powered by the sun, as Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry unveiled the most recent photo-voltaic solar array at the Fire Academy.
The ground-mounted solar array contains 1,001 panels capable of producing an average 438,000 kWh of electricity every year.
"That energy production will save almost $44,000 a year in electric bills," Mayor Berry said. “In addition, our partners at PNM are providing us a renewable energy credit of $37,000 a year for the next 15 years."
The solar array will provide electricity to the Fire Academy, the Westside Animal Shelter, and the Environmental Health Department’s Air Quality Control administrative offices.
"Under Mayor Berry’s leadership, the Energy section of DMD is leading the efforts when it comes to implementing viable energy efficient projects," DMD Director Michael Riordan said. "This project has a 25 year warranty, and we conservatively estimate the payback period is 15 years."
During the event, Mayor Berry also unveiled the City’s website dedicated to DMD’s renewable energy projects. The website is www.cabq.gov/municipaldev/renewable-energy.
The $1.2M dollar project was paid for by federal energy grants using Albuquerque Contractor DPW Solar to install the racks and panels.