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The Village of Questa has long been a local leader in solar energy production

As the Mayor of the Village of Questa, I was surprised by Michael Tashji’s article in the Feb. 11 issue of the Taos News titled “Solar energy lights the way forward in Questa” with its implication that solar was new to Questa. I was also surprised by Bill Baron’s cartoon in the same issue with the caption, “Ghost of the carbon footprint,” implying that Questa had now finally started “mining the sun.”

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As Mayor of Cimarrón, I have seen firsthand the challenges our community has faced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. But I have also seen our resiliency - neighbors helping neighbors, small businesses adapting and finding new ways to do business, and the ingenuity of our healthcare workforce in New Mexico.

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On State Road 522, just north of the Village of Questa, a solar array is busy capturing more than just sunlight – it's also capturing the imagination of civic and business leaders.

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Some local residents may want to start getting out their candles and flashlights because Kit Carson Electric Cooperative is planning a scheduled power outage on Tuesday (Jan. 5). Residents of Arroyo Hondo, Valdez, Des Montes, Taos Ski Valley and those living on Hondo-Seco Road will temporarily lose power as the rural utility installs new and updated equipment at its area substation.  According to a news release, KCEC says residents in the affected areas can expect to be without power from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

New Mexico Sen. Mimi Stewart's bill to reinstate the solar tax credit in New Mexico passed the Senate Corporations and Transportation committee on Monday (Jan. 27) by a vote of 7-2. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has listed this legislation as one of her priorities in this session.

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Current PPC Solar team members from left, CEO Daniel Weinman, Matthew Duran, founder Micha Weinman, David Bates, Charlie McGarity, Andy O’Reilly, along with 27 additional full- and part-time staff members keep busy delivering solar power to homes and businesses all across Northern New Mexico.

Thanks to a positive recommendation Monday (March 4) from a Senate committee, the full Senate will hear a bill that would dramatically decrease the amount of …