New Mexico’s Supreme Court Backs Community Solar Law

The court upheld 2022 regulations that the state’s Public Regulation Commission (PRC) put in place to implement a 2021 law requiring the distribution utilities to buy electricity generated by solar arrays serving communities, neighborhoods, and other jointly-owned small-scale solar farms.  Under the program, the member owners of the community solar resource – homeowners, renters, businesses — will get credits on their electric bills, similar to what happens with rooftop solar, although the community’s solar panels are centrally located on the ground. At least 30% of the power is reserved for low-income consumers.

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