State tax incentives for renewable energy have made a big difference in alternative energy development in New Mexico. Currently a 624-kilowatt solar-powered parking structure is underway at a community center in Santa Fe, a city which now includes numerous solar power systems.

The solar tax credit for New Mexico residents has been “very popular,” said Brian Johnson, Energy Technology and Engineering Manager for the New Mexico Energy Conservation and Management Division (EMCD), a CESA member organization. According to Johnson, the EMCD has received more than 1,000 applications in the last two years, compared with the 100 applications received when the tax credit program began in 2006. Wind energy tax credits have also been popular.

To read more about the growth of renewable energy in New Mexico, read this article by Staci Matlock in the Santa Fe New Mexican.