A new, potentially game-changing solar technology went online in June at the Los Lunas recycling center, making the village the first municipality in the country to install it.
Unlike horizontal rooftop systems, the new “vertical polygen” technology is a compact tower that stacks panels vertically around a pole that sits beside the building. It includes a small wind turbine at the top to produce extra energy when the sun isn’t shining, plus back-up battery storage to supply electricity 24/7 with no connection to Public Service Company of New Mexico or any other utility grid, said Los Lunas Public Works Director Michael Jaramillo.
“It came online in June and it’s been producing all the electricity it’s supposed to,” Jaramillo told the Journal. “The facility has been disconnected from PNM for 30 days now with the system powering the lights and all other equipment with no issues.”
The system – designed, built and installed by Wiltech Energy LLC – cost $83,000. It generates 20 kilowatts of power with a 22 KW battery back-up system.