New Mexico Welcomes Solar Manufacturing Plant
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson announced that Mesa del Sol in Bernalillo County will be the home a of a new solar cell and module manufacturing facility. The governor made the announcement at a press release in Santa Fe that Advent Solar in Albuquerque will locate its manufacturing plan at a sustainable urban community south of the city.
Advent Solar says it plans to hire 125 people by the end of 2006 and 1,000 people over the next five years. The company has obtained $30 million of financing from investment capital funds and $1.3 million from the State Investment Council. The new Advent plant will produce solar modules with an rated capacity of 25 megawatts a year.
The governor, who served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy from 1998 to 2002, is a strong proponent of solar energy. The governor said at the news conference, "New Mexico is leading the nation on clean energy policy. These policies are helping us protect our air and our water, but they are also having a profound effect on our economy and putting New Mexico at the forefront of future energy growth." See the governor's November 10 press release.
Secretary of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department Joanna Prukop said, "The State of New Mexico's partnership with Advent Solar is the poster child for how our world-class renewable energy resources and business friendly environment can be leveraged to create good paying jobs for New Mexicans. And they're permanent jobs in a growth industry: clean energy."