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Zoning approved for solar array in Torrance County

The city wants to sell a parcel of land near the Patrick J. Baca library.

The city wants to sell a parcel of land near the Patrick J. Baca library.

Torrance County is one step closer to getting a solar array off N.M. 41.

The Torrance County Commission unanimously approved a zone change for the property at N.M. 41 and Myers Road, where the solar array would be built by Affordable Solar of Albuquerque for Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative customers.

The facility would  have about 7,000 panels and generate 2 megawatts of electricity.

“The potential for lowering energy bills is there,” CNMEC General Manager Matthew Collins said. “I can’t make any promises, but that’s the intent from buying energy from an alternative source.”

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“(The solar facility will) provide low-cost, clean, affordable energy for the co-op and, by extension, the members at-large,” Affordable Solar Commercial Solar Developer Wayne Stansfield said.

Affordable Solar is still doing studies to see if the site is suitable, he said.

Affordable Solar does its own construction but has said it may contract out construction of a privacy fence to a local company when the time arises. The project is expected to be complete in early 2018.

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