ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico’s largest city got a solar star award for its work in transitioning to clean energy production. A study by the Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center named the city as number three in the nation of America’s Top Shining Cities with the most photovoltaic solar installed per capita. The results are from the seventh edition of Shining Cities 2020: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy.
“We have a responsibility to current and future generations to build a cleaner, healthier, and more innovative Albuquerque,” said Mayor Tim Keller in a press release. “In just two years, we’ve built 29 new solar sites – a huge leap forward for this community. And we’re not slowing down. By 2022, we’ll be off-setting 80% of our energy use and we’re building a giant solar farm with PNM, Silver City, and the Jicarilla Apache Nation. We set big goals for sustainability and we’re on track to reach 100% renewable energy by 2030.”
Albuquerque jumped seven spots from last year’s rankings to number three behind Honolulu and San Diego. Las Cruces also got a mention in a study for starting its transition to clean energy as a small city.