Major solar carport up and running in SF

Jun. 25—ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico's largest solar carport of its kind is up and running, and has begun producing electricity for state buildings in Santa Fe, according to a news release.

The 1.6-megawatt structure, which cost $6.9 million, is supplying electricity to three government buildings and was built as part of the State Buildings Green Energy Project, according to the release from New Mexico General Services Department. The carport is expected to supply about 40% of the buildings' annual power needs, which amounts to about $219,000 in savings each year, the release said.

The carport is also expected to reduce the state's annual carbon dioxide emissions by about 2,410 metric tons, or about the amount produced by burning 2.7 million pounds of coal.

The $32 million overall buildings project, headed by Trane Technologies, began in 2019, and is projected to be mostly finished this year. The carport was built by subcontractor Positive Energy Solar, a New Mexico company, the release said.