4000-Panel Array to Serve Nearly 2000 KCEC Members Via Exclusive Partnership Working Toward Generating 100 Percent of Daytime Energy Via Solar by 2022
TAOS, NM —Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) and Guzman Energy, alongside partners ParaSol and Syncarpha, today reveal a newly constructed 1MW solar array that will serve nearly 2000 KCEC members residing in Eagle Nest and Moreno Valley. Constructed adjacent to Eagle Nest Lake during a three-month period, the array features more than 4000 panels, which began testing in late July in advance of a commercial operation date set for Aug. 13.
“Today is a great day for Kit Carson members and for northern New Mexico,” said KCEC CEO Luis Reyes. “With this brand-new array that will serve upwards of 2000 members, we move yet another step closer to our goal of generating 100 percent of our daytime energy via solar by the year 2022.”
In February 2017, Kit Carson and Guzman Energy announced an exclusive partnership to provide the northern New Mexico counties of Taos, Colfax and Rio Arriba with solar energy independence. In addition to removing cap limits on renewable energy sourced as dictated by the previous provider, the Guzman Energy partnership is expected to save 30,000 Kit Carson members $50 million to $70 million during a 10-year period.
The Eagle Nest array comes on the heels of this spring’s construction of a four-megawatt solar array at the Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant, which will provide an estimated 45 percent of daytime solar energy electricity to approximately 1500 Kit Carson homes.
“We’re proud to be here today in continuing to progress toward an environmentally friendly energy transition for northern New Mexico,” said Guzman Energy President Chris Riley. “As exhibited by our array construction this spring at the Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant and now here at Eagle Nest, we are committed to meeting KCEC members’ desire to move towards renewable energy and make Kit Carson communities more competitive.”
“All of us residing here in Eagle Nest are ecstatic to be a part of this revolutionary change,” said Eagle Nest Mayor Richard Cordova. “It’s a giant step towards delivering clean, dependable and affordable energy to our community. We’re grateful to Kit Carson, Guzman Energy, ParaSol and Syncarpha.”
About Kit Carson
Formed in 1944, Kit Carson is a member owned electric distribution cooperative in northern New Mexico and is the second largest cooperative in the state. Kit Carson is one of 12 electric cooperatives that serve rural New Mexico communities, serving nearly 30,000 members in Taos, Colfax and Rio Arriba counties. To learn more about Kit Carson, visit www.kitcarson.com.
About Guzman Energy
Guzman Energy is a wholesale energy company that supplies and trades power across North America. We are a new kind of power company—one that customizes energy solutions via trading expertise and sophisticated quantitative modeling. We enable customers—principally rural electric cooperatives and municipal power companies—to achieve lower rates and price-stability from renewable, sustainable energy. Headquartered in Coral Gables, Fla., and Denver, Colo., Guzman Energy has unique expertise in serving customers in the bilateral power markets of the western United States and conducts its business through two practice areas: Energy & Environmental Trading and Energy Hedging & Risk Management. To learn more, visit www.GuzmanEnergy.com.
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