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Solar Energy in New Mexico

Solar Panels in New Mexico

There are currently at least 8,356 solar panel installations throughout the state of New Mexico right now.

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Solar Energy Levels in New Mexico

The average monthly solar radiation level in New Mexico's capital city, Santa Fe, of 6.48 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 74% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 2% less than the average level of 6.6 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically high levels (NV). [1]


→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ New Mexico values listed here are based on the capital, Santa Fe.

Solar Radiation in New Mexico

Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average New Mexico solar radiation levels compare to average levels in an area with historcially high levels (NV) and one with historically low levels (WA). [1]

→ k/m/d = kWh/m2/day = kilowatt hours per square meter per day.
→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ New Mexico values listed here are based on the capital, Santa Fe.

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Solar Installs in New Mexico

Solar Panel Installations in New Mexico

A look at solar installs in New Mexico. The chart below visualizes install totals for the top five counties in NM vs. the cumulative install total of rest of NM counties combined.

Breakdown of Solar Installs in New Mexico

There are currently at least 8,356 solar panel installations throughout the state of New Mexico right now. [1]

  • Top Five Solar Install Counties in New Mexico
    • Bernalillo County: 2,848 solar installs
    • Dona Ana County: 1,774 solar installs
    • Santa Fe County: 1,219 solar installs
    • Sandoval County: 919 solar installs
    • Doña Ana County: 272 solar installs
    • Everywhere Else: 1,324 solar installs

Note: Install totals presented here are those voluntarily contributed from a variety of sources including solar incentive programs, utilities, installers, and the general public. [1] Data for some states is thinner than others.

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Cost of Utilities in New Mexico

New Mexico Electricity Costs

Residential electricity prices in New Mexico averaged 13.41 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in June 2017, which was approximately 1% more than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 13.22¢/kWh in June. [2]

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New Mexico Natural Gas Costs

Residential natural gas prices in New Mexico averaged $12.41 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in June 2017, which was about 22% less than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $15.98 per Mcf in June. [3]

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More about New Mexico

About New Mexico

New Mexico ranks 36th among all states in the U.S. with a population of approximately 2,059,179. [4]

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Solar Energy in NM

To learn more about solar energy and solar power in New Mexico, or for additional solar-related resources in NM, visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Some tax incentives and rebate programs are designed to spur the use of solar energy. These vary by location.

Cities in New Mexico

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