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City Staff

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  • Patrick Montoya, Director, Municipal Development
  • Kevin Sourisseau, Deputy Director-DMD/CIP, MD-Municipal Development
  • Melissa R. Lozoya, P.E., Deputy Director, Municipal Development
  • Gregory P. Smith, Esq., Deputy Director Parking, Energy and Facilities
  • Tony Gurule, Energy and Sustainability Program Manager
  • Saif Ismail, Energy Specialist

Albuquerque Energy Council Members

Ground Mounted Thin Film Photovoltaic Solar Arrays

PV Process

Image Courtesy: Sandia National Laboratory

Photovoltaics (PV) is the technology and research and development related to the application of solar cells for energy by converting sunlight directly into electricity. This is called the 'photovoltaic effect'.

Sunlight is composed of photon -- packets of solar energy. These photons contain different amounts of energy that correspond to the different wave lengths of the solar spectrum. When photons strike a PV cell, they may be reflected or absorbed, or they may pass right through. The absorbed photons generate electricity.

The energy of a photon is transferred to an electron in an atom of the semiconductor device. With its new found energy, the electron is able to escape from its normal position associated with a single atom in the semiconductor to become part of the current in an electrical circuit. Special electrical properties of the PV cell built-in electric field provide the voltage needed to drive the current through an external load.

Fire Academy PV

Cerro Colorado PV

Thin Film Photovoltaic Roof Mounted Array

Thin Film 2

These thin film PV systems were installed in conjunction with thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roof systems to reduce heat surrounding the PV systems, which enable the systems to generate more electricity year round. According to Energy Star and the EPA, TPO is a recommended substrate for the installation of Thin Film PV systems.

The panels employ cylindrical modules which capture sunlight across a 360-degree photovoltaic surface capable of converting direct, diffuse, and reflected sunlight into electricity.

The tubular design is "self-tracking". Collecting light around a 360 degree surface allows it to capture more light early and late in the day. This consistent power generation during the day allows the use of a smaller inverter, saving costs and benefits the overall energy yield of the system over time.

Thin Film Example


Alamosa Small

Don Newton Community Center

Los Volcanes Senior Center

Cool Roofs

Cool Roof After

Cool Roof Before

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

Highland Pool Solar

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)


  • 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)


  • -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

Completed Fiscal Year (FY15)

  • Air Quality Admin Energy Efficient Lighting Upgrade-$113,578
  • Utility Tracker Software Implementation-$14,548.25
  • Sandia Swimming Pool Energy Efficient Lighting Upgrade - $120,211

Completed Fiscal Year (FY 16)

  • Eagle Rock Waste Management Center lighting Upgrade $76,482
  • Juan Tabo Library Lighting Upgrade $88,080
  • Westside Animal Shelter Energy Efficient Lighting Upgrade -$148,093
  • West Mesa Aquatics Energy Efficient Lighting Upgrade $296,042
  • 5th and Copper Parking Structure Lighting Upgrade $219,768
  • Civic Plaza Parking Structure Lighting Upgrade( Under Construction)-$316,953
  • Air Quality Admin Energy Efficient Window Glazing Upgrade-$85,209
  • Isotopes Stadium Lighting Upgrade $508,347
  • West Central Arches LED Conversion Project (Under Construction)-$264,900
  • Albuquerque Museum Lighting bulb replacement (Under Construction) $21,940

Completed Fiscal Year (FY 17)

  • West Central Arches LED Conversion Project-$264,900
  • Albuquerque Museum Lighting bulb replacement - $21,940
  • west gate library LED Lighting and control upgrade-$17,596
  • APD 5th Area Command(Foothills Substation) LED Lighting and control upgrade-$136,035

Completed Fiscal Year (FY 18)

  • Balloon Museum LED Lighting & Control Upgrade -$525,000
  • Fire Station 22 LED Lighting & Control Upgrade -$48,433
  • Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center LED Lighting & Control Upgrade (Under Construction)-$456,933

Bond Proposed Projects (FY 19)

  • City County/ City Hall Lighting Upgrade-$1,457,460
  • Main Library Lighting Upgrade - $420,120
  • APD North Valley Area Command Lighting Upgrade - $189,562
  • North Domingo Baca LED Lighting & Control Upgrade (Bidding)

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.