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April 21, 2004

Four Companies Launch New Mexico Solar Energy Project

Photo of workers assembling solar modules at the Spire Solar Chicago facility

Spire's manufacturing plant in Chicago has generated high-value, local jobs.
Credit: Spire Solar Chicago

Four companies—Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, SolarPort, Spire Corporation, and New Energy Capital—announced an agreement on April 14th to manufacture solar panels and generate solar electricity in the rural communities of northern New Mexico. Under the agreement, solar panels will be assembled at a future Spire Corporation facility in Taos and installed in various locations around northern New Mexico. New Mexico utilities, including Kit Carson, will purchase the solar-generated electricity, helping them to meet a state requirement for electricity generated from renewable energy. The companies made their announcement at the North American Energy Summit in Albuquerque. See the New Energy Capital press release (PDF 25 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.

Since 1999, Spire has participated in a similar collaboration in Chicago, called Spire Solar Chicago, which has installed more than 600 kilowatts of solar power in the city. See the Spire Solar Chicago Web site.