Tesuque firehouse gets solar power

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TESUQUE, N.M. (AP) — A solar installation project at the Tesuque Fire and Rescue Station is complete.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Tesuque-area residents, volunteer firefighters, and Santa Fe County officials celebrated Wednesday the project's completion. Officials say it's the first county firehouse with solar power.

Powered entirely by energy from the solar panels during the day, the Tesuque firehouse will send excess power back into the Public Service Company of New Mexico grid during the day, and take power from the grid at night.

The $18,900, 6.1-kilowatt solar panel system, a project began in May.

Currently, the Judge Steve Herrera Judicial Complex in Santa Fe County has a 113-kilowatt solar power system.

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