New Mexico no longer leads the country in solar power

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A new report released by Environment New Mexico ranks New Mexico as the second sunniest state in the country, but does not rank it as one of the top ten states generating solar power.

The report says New Mexico lags behind states like New York because it does not implement stronger renewable restrictions.

Senator Mimi Stewart says solar power tax incentives are expiring next year, but she is working on an extension.

“I think the will is there. I think the policy is there. I think it’s something we all need to do in January is to reinstall that tax credit,” said Senator Stewart.

The press conference took place in front of Church Street Café where the owner is installing solar panels.

She says the investment will pay for itself in the next five to seven years.

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