ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The General Services Department announced Tuesday it is planning $32 million project to improve energy efficiency of state buildings in Santa Fe that will include solar power and state government’s first battery storage it. Journal Staff REPORT
The General Services Department announced Tuesday it is planning $32 million project to improve energy efficiency of state buildings in Santa Fe that will include solar power and state government’s first battery storage it.
GSD said the project is in partnership with other state agencies, and also will include buying the first state electric vehicles and building charging stations for the vehicles in Santa Fe, according to a news release.
As part of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s creation of an interagency Climate Change Task Force strategy, her executive order requires state agencies to curb their carbon footprints.
The Legislature also authorized $20 million to GSD help pay for the $32 million project, officials said.
The New Mexico Finance Authority is expected to issue bonds to finance the remaining $12 million.
GSD also received $1 million for electric vehicles for use by state workers and $1.5 million for charging stations at state facilities in Santa Fe County.
“I want to thank Governor Lujan Grisham for initiating the executive order to move New Mexico forward to a clean energy, sustainable future,” GSD Cabinet Secretary Ken Ortiz said in a statement. “It is our responsibility to ensure we are incorporating energy-efficiency measures to benefit future generations.”
Trane U.S. Inc. has been hired to implement the green energy project.
The initiative calls for improvements to lighting, electric transformers, heating and air conditioning systems, doors and windows and installing solar power at 19 state buildings, according to the release.
“Installing solar power on government buildings and driving electric vehicles is an excellent way to promote sustainability while leading by example,” said Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Cabinet Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst in a statement. “The green energy initiative will go a long way in making our government facilities more energy efficient and saving our state money. It’s a win-win that has the full support of EMNRD.”
The energy efficiency work on state buildings is expected to begin in a few months, officials said.
GSD provides facility management, printing, procurement, public employee health and other benefits, liability coverage for public agencies and transportation services for state government.