Town of Taos signs on to new, bigger solar array


A four-megawatt solar array is officially set to be built at the Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant thanks to two deals hammered out among government officials, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative and Guzman Energy, a Florida-based energy distributor.

Once the array is built, it will be the largest in the electric co-op's service area in and around Taos County. It'll provide daytime energy for about 1,500 homes, according to a press release from the co-op.

Guzman Energy Partners will own the array, which will be built on land leased from the town of Taos. The co-op estimated construction would last from February to June 2018.

A one-megawatt solar array at the same property was approved by the town in August and billed as a way to stabilize rates for the town's solid waste customers. That array came with a $2-million price tag.

A solar array on Picuris Pueblo land near Vadito in Southern Taos County went live Dec. 18, adding to the co-op's five-year goal of getting 100 percent of daytime power from small solar arrays built around the county.