BPU to consider more solar

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The Board of Public Utilities will consider Thursday whether to approve a 1.32-megawatt solar Power Purchase Agreement on the East Jemez Road landfill.

The public is invited to attend the regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities staff will present the agreement at the meeting. If approved, the agreement will be forwarded to the Los Alamos County Council for consideration.  

The proposed 1.32-MW photovoltaic solar array would be installed adjacent to the existing 1MW array on the closed landfill owned by the Department of Energy and leased to Los Alamos County.

Under the terms of the agreement, Los Alamos Solar II, LLC would deliver photovoltaic generated electricity to the DPU at a price of $0.0585 per kilowatt hour (kWh) for a 25-year term.

It is estimated that the new PV system would generate on average 2,250 MWh per year which is about 2% of the county’s annual load, according to the DPU. 

With a BPU-approved goal to be a carbon neutral electric provider by 2040, this project would bring the DPU one step closer, the DPU said Friday.

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