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Renewable Energy

Information about renewable energy initiatives at the City of Albuquerque.
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City Staff

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  • Patrick Montoya, Director, Municipal Development
  • Alan Varela, Deputy Director-DMD/CIP, MD-Municipal Development
  • Melissa R. Lozoya, P.E., Deputy Director, Municipal Development
  • Saif Ismail, Energy and Sustainability Manager
  • Nelson Montoya, Energy Specialist

Albuquerque Energy Council Members

Renewable Energy at the City

 

  • In September 2016, the Albuquerque City Council unanimously adopted a resolution to have 25 percent of its energy come from solar resources by 2025. In 2017, the City began aggressively adding solar energy to new and existing facilities. Though the AEC currently does not review renewable energy projects, the AEC believes renewable energy is anessential part of the City's overall energy saving platform. As of July 1, 2020, the City has 7.5 kilowatts of solar energy on facilities. Not only have these installations reduced the energy costs of the City, but they have helped to create local employment. The City issued an RFP in 2017, with a focus on hiring local solar vendors. Six solar companies have been part of the installations on the following facilities:
  •  Fire and Police Stations including Fire Stations 2, 5,7, 8, 11, 18, 21 and 22 and the Police Training Academy, the 5th and 6th Area Commands, and the older Albuquerque Police Department Building and the City of Albuquerque Forensic Science Center.
  •  Leisure and Recreation Areas including the Ladera Golf Course, the Los Altos Swimming Pool, the Rio Grande Zoo, the Botanical Garden Aquatic Center, the Balloon Fiesta restaurant, and the Museum of Albuquerque.
  •  Libraries including Central Unser, Cherry Hills, and Downtown Main.• Visitor and Business Facilities including the City of Albuquerque Sunport and the Albuquerque Convention Center.
  •  Community and Senior Centers including the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, the Alamosa Multigenerational Center, the Los Griegos Community Center, the Barelas Senior Center. The Taylor Ranch Community Center, and the Los Volcanes Senior Center.
  •  Critical City of Albuquerque Offices and Facilities including the City of Albuquerque and Cerro Colorado Landfills, the Daytona and Montano Transit Centers, the City of Albuquerque Karsten Building, the Pino fleet yards.

 

 

Cool Roofs

 

 

Read more about Cool Roof Systems .

A cool roof reflects and emits the sun's energy as light back to the sky instead of allowing it to enter the building below as heat. A cool roof can substantially reduce the cooling load of the building providing several direct benefits.

Cool Roof Example 1

Solar Thermal Water Heaters at City Pools

 

Read more about Solar Thermal Water Heaters.

Each of the pools used natural gas fired boilers and/or heat exchangers to heat the pool water. The pool water is heated year round at a constant temperature of 82 degrees F.

Locations: Highland, Los Altos, Sandia, West Mesa High School, and Valley.

Lighting Projects

Read more about City Wide Lighting Upgrades.

As the incandescent light bulb fades into history, the two most cost effective lighting solutions are Fluorescent and LED. A comparison between the two identified light costs are approximately the same and both types of light fixtures are doing well in decreasing electric consumption, however maintenance of fluorescent is significantly higher.

The City of Albuquerque is leading the way for these lighting improvements.

Completed Fiscal Year (FY13)

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  • Convention Center Parking Structure Efficiency Lighting Upgrade- $335,998
  • Fire Station #4 Energy Efficiency Lighting Upgrades-$50,431
  • Fire Station #6 Energy Efficiency Lighting Upgrades-$20,310
  • Fire Station #10 Energy Efficiency Lighting Upgrades-$27,108
  • 911 Center Energy Efficient Lighting Upgrade -$405,903
  • Plaza Del Sol lighting Assessment and Bid Package-$40,000
  • 2nd & Gold Parking Structure Efficiency Lighting Upgrade -219,884
  • East Convention Center Lighting Efficiency Upgrade -$1,028,297
  • Fire Station #11 Energy Efficiency Lighting Upgrades -$49,375
  • Convention Center Ballroom Lighting Efficiency Upgrade -$396,289

Completed Fiscal Year (FY14)

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  • -Vehicle Emissions Testing Facility
  • Lighting Upgrade-$46,609
  • Westside Convention Center Lighting Upgrade-$1,282,435
  • Isotopes Stadium Sports Lighting Upgrade-$571,851
  • Plaza Del Sol Energy Efficient Lighting Upgrade -$895,401

Bond Proposed Projects (FY 20)

KiMo Theatre – Completed in May 2020

The KiMo Theatre is one of Albuquerque’s cultural jewels. Built in the heart of Downtown

Albuquerque in 1927, the KiMo was designed in the short-lived architectural style that

fused the spirit of Native American cultures of the Southwest with the exuberance of Art

Deco. For years, Albuquerque area residents and visitors have had the opportunity to

experience plays, live music, dance performances, movie screenings, art and more at this

historic landmark.

Project:

All lighting fixtures throughout the 90,224 square foot building, including in offices, the

theatre space, mechanical spaces, makeup rooms and kitchen, were replaced with energy

efficient LED fixtures and lighting controls were added throughout the theatre. This meant

that hundreds of lights, including fluorescent, incandescent, high pressure sodium, quartz,

and metal halide lights from over the years were removed. Not only does the new lighting

save energy, but it produces a higher quality of light, both increasing and decreasing

lighting levels in areas as needed.

Project Results:

  • Total project cost - $288,649
  • 351 lighting fixtures were replaced.
  • Reduced lighting energy consumption by 90 percent, avoiding 125,314 kWh of energy

usage annually.

  • Projected avoided annual energy cost for electricity -- $16,291.
  • With rebates and energy savings, the anticipated estimated return on investment

is 5.56 years.

  • The project will reduce annual maintenance costs, including $31,913 in staff time, $5,445

in avoided lamp disposal costs and $5,445 in avoided ballast disposal costs and an

estimated $6,049 in annual HVAC costs.

 

The City of Albuquerque Pino Yards Building and Warehouse – Completed April 2020

The City of Albuquerque Pino Yards, located in Northeast Albuquerque, is where the

majority of the City’s fleet vehicles are refueled and maintained.

Project:

All lighting fixtures throughout the 65,167 square foot facility including those in offices, the

warehouse, vehicle repair areas, mechanical rooms were replaced. The parking lot and

other exterior lighting fixtures were replaced.

  • Total project cost - $328,226.24
  • 437 lighting fixtures were replaced.
  • Reduced lighting energy consumption by 64 percent, avoiding 220,045 kWh of energy

usage annually.

  • The projected avoided annual energy cost is $28,606.
  • With rebates and energy savings, the estimated return on investment is 4.39 years.
  • The project will reduce annual maintenance costs, including $27,525 in staff time, $6,555

in avoided lamp disposal costs and $6,510 in avoided ballast disposal costs.

 

Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center – Completed in June 2019

 

The Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center in Southeast Albuquerque encompasses

multipurpose classrooms, an arts and crafts room, computer laboratory, game room, social

hall, fitness center, showers and lockers, kitchen, and a 10,000 square foot gymnasium.

Manzano Mesa provides meeting space for community organizations, neighborhood

groups, and continuing education programs. The Center also features many outdoor

benefits including a bike trail, pickleball courts and soccer fields.

Project:

All lighting fixtures throughout the inside of the facility and the exterior part of the facility,

including the parking lot and exterior lighting, were replaced with LED lighting with new

lighting controls.

Project Results:

  • Total project cost - $456,933
  • 612 lighting fixtures were replaced.
  • Reduced lighting energy consumption by 55 percent, avoiding 85,597 kWh of energy

usage annually.

  • The projected avoided annual energy cost is $10,998.
  • With rebates and energy savings, the estimated return on investment is 4.77 years.
  • The project will reduce annual maintenance costs, including $48,114 in staff time, $9,180

in avoided lamp disposal costs and $8,995 in avoided ballast disposal costs.

Lomas Tramway Library – Completed in August 2019

The Lomas Tramway Library is one of 18 public libraries located throughout Albuquerque

that provides books, meeting rooms, programming, computer access and more for area

residents.

Project:

All lighting fixtures throughout the 13,593 square foot facility including officers, the

warehouse, vehicle repair areas, mechanical rooms, the parking lot, and exterior lighting were replaced.

 

  • Total project cost - $262,979.28
  • 360 lighting fixtures were replaced.
  • Reduced lighting energy consumption by 84 percent, avoiding 154,126 kWh of energy usage annually.
  • The projected avoided annual energy cost is $28,606.
  • With rebates and energy savings, the estimated return on investment is 4.46 years.
  • The project will reduce maintenance costs, including $23,125 in staff time, $5,400 in

avoided lamp disposal costs and $4,920 in avoided ballast disposal costs.

HVAC Upgrades, Project Development & System Designs

HVAC Upgrade 1

HVAC Upgrade 2

Read more about HVAC Energy Efficiency Upgrades.

HVAC projects consisted of upgrading mechanical equipment by replacing parts of existing equipment, or designing complete systems for contractor bid. Designs and associated bid packages were developed for Solid Waste and West Side animal shelter.

Completed Fiscal Year (FY13)

  • Sierra Vista Pool Boiler upgrade-$54,134
  • East Convention Center Efficiency Boiler Upgrade -$182,445
  • ITSD Power Monitoring Measures-$26,333
  • Albuquerque Museum Lighting and HVAC Upgrade-$235,486
  • Convention Center Mechanical Energy Assessment -$10,000

Completed Fiscal Year (FY14)

  • City County Energy Upgrade Boiler Assessment / Design (95% Complete)-$87,222
  • Albuquerque Museum Lighting and HVAC Upgrade-$235,486

Completed Fiscal Year (FY15)

  • -City Hall Cooling Tower VFD Energy Efficiency Project-$16,777
  • APD Refrigerator Replacement Energy Conservation Upgrade _$4,290
  • City Hall Chiller Plant Control Energy Efficiency Project (In-construction)-$12,245
  • Convention Center RCx Assessment Audit $7,300

Completed Fiscal Year (FY16)

  • North Domingo Baca Retro Commission Analysis $5,000
  • Balloon Museum Retro Commission Analysis $5,000

Completed Fiscal Year (FY 17)

  • Sandia Swimming Pool Solar Thermal Energy Efficient Upgrade $386,000
  • Sandia Swimming Pool Roof Energy Efficient Upgrade $89,500

 

Bond Proposed Projects (FY 18)

  • Civic Plaza Parking Structure Emergency Power Exhaust System $1,600,000
  • City County / City Hall Boiler Upgrade Phase I – $315,290
  • City County / City Hall Boiler Controls Phase II - $499,710

 

 

Read more about City Wide Energy Efficiency Devices.

One of the first projects mandated by Mayor Richard J. Berry was to address 'low hanging fruit' for energy efficiency with the shortest 'payback' period. Immediately, the Department of Municipal Development addressed such issues as watt stoppers at employee's desks, motion sensors for office lighting across the City, and more.