Schools with Sol (New Mexico)

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Last modified on May 23, 2011.

Financial Incentive Program

Place New Mexico

Name Schools with Sol
Incentive Type State Grant Program
Applicable Sector Schools
Eligible Technologies Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Pool Heating
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Up to 100%

Funding Source US Deptartment of Energy, other Federal grants, district in-kind contributions, and utility funds

Program Administrator New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department

References DSIRE[1]


Schools with Sol is a four-year solar demonstration program of the Energy Conservation and Management Division for New Mexico’s K-12 schools.

The program funds the installation of solar equipment that produces electricity and/or hot water for school facilities. The goals are to create opportunities for renewable energy education in New Mexico’s schools; provide residential-scale demonstrations in the schools’ local communities; and displace conventional electricity, natural gas, and propane consumption in school facilities.

Under the Schools with Sol program, solar energy systems are being installed at ten sites in New Mexico schools each year from 2004 through 2007. It is estimated that the installed systems will produce more than 3 million kilowatt-hours of energy during their 20-year life cycles and save $150,000 in energy costs.

As part of the Schools with Sol educational component, students will learn about PV and other types of renewable energy systems, and see real-time energy production through performance monitoring.

Schools with Sol is funded by the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department using State General Funds, U.S. Department of Energy funding, school district in-kind contributions, and utility company funding. Funds are used for design, purchase, installation, and maintenance of solar systems.

Through a competitive process EMNRD selects schools each year to receive one of three types of systems: - photovoltaic (PV), grid interconnected with 500-to-1000 Watts; - solar domestic hot water (SDHW), 30-to-120 square feet of liquid glazed collectors; - solar swimming pool heating (SSPH), 200-to-300 square feet of liquid unglazed collectors.

The Energy Conservation and Management Division assists New Mexico public schools in reducing operating costs through programs for energy-efficient design, energy performance contracting, and clean energy grants. Schools with Sol offers an additional way to reduce operating costs, while also providing a great educational opportunity for students to learn about solar energy and other sustainable technologies.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Dan Hagen
Department New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
Division Energy Conservation and Management Division
Address 1220 S. St. Francis Drive
Place Santa Fe, New Mexico
Zip/Postal Code 87505
Phone (505) 476-3320


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"