Picuris Pueblo Going Solar: Ribbon Cutting Monday

by Staff Reporter / Dec 15, 2017 / comments

Picuris Pueblo Going Solar: Ribbon Cutting Monday

Picuris Pueblo & NPHA is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for a 1MW Solar Array Project that has recently been completed for Picuris Pueblo, in a partnership with Kit Carson Electric Cooperative. The project was funded in large part through a $1 million grant from the Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy.  The event is scheduled for Monday, Dec 18, 2017 at 11am in Picuris Pueblo.

The project which was originally proposed in 2015 is the first stage in a build-out of solar electricity generation on the pueblo, with the goal of making Picuris Pueblo the first Native American community in the nation to be completely powered by solar energy.

According to an earlier statement from Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC), The array will generate 2.6 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy each year from approximately 4,000 photovoltaic (PV) panel modules and offset the cost of the entire energy load of Picuris Pueblo.

KCEC and its partners began work on this first of seven solar arrays in May. Picuris Pueblo, which has a goal of 100 percent renewable energy. Picuris Pueblo is home to about 300 tribal members and encompasses nearly 17,000 acres of forested land in a valley in southern Taos County. It is located immediately next to the village of Penasco.

According to KCEC, the Picuris Pueblo Community Solar Array Project is a one-megawatt (MW), single-axis, ground-mounted solar array located on six acres of a tribal trust land. The array will generate 2.6 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy each year from approximately 4,000 photovoltaic (PV) panel modules and offset the cost of the entire energy load of Picuris Pueblo.

KCEC, the power utility for Picuris Pueblo, signed a 25-year power purchase agreement to acquire all of the energy produced by the project and will provide the pueblo with interconnection to the grid.

For more information about the Dec. 18 ribbon cutting ceremony, call 505-455-7973.