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There’s never been a better time for Albuquerque residents to become energy independent!

Save Money and Go Green

Looking to save money on your current utility bill? Elite Solar Energy can help! Our fully licensed team of expert Solar Advisors will walk you through the solar process from start to finish. We work with the top installation companies in New Mexico to get you the highest quality, fastest installation times, and another level of oversight and accountability on your project.

Albuquerque Residential Solar

Albuquerque is one the most populated cities in the state of New Mexico, and residential solar panel installations are increasingly popular with New Mexico homeowners. With electricity rates at some of the highest rates in the state and the amount of sun year-round, it is a fantastic location to really save when switching to solar energy. New Mexico is a perfect state for Solar. With today’s technologies, reduced costs, and the Federal Tax Incentives. Going solar has become an excellent option for homeowners in New Mexico. Whether you are moving to solar to save money on electricity, or to support a safe alternative energy source. You can trust our team to help you through your transition to producing your own power.

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Know Your Current Energy Usage

Having an understanding of how much electricity you are using and need  on your Albuquerque home is a good first step in finding out if solar is right for you.

Our  Solar Advisors will need to know how many Kilowatt hours you use on average throughout the year. But don’t worry this is easy to figure out and it is listed on your monthly utility bill.

You can find it in a bar chart on the front or back of your bill. You can read our article on how to read your utility bill or contact us today and we can help you find this information.

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About Albuquerque Area

Albuquerque is a bustling city with diverse cultures, art, and traditions. There are many activities which allow you to experience the city’s culture and landscape. If you’re one to enjoy the great outdoors, Albuquerque’s abundant space, sunny skies, and varied landscape make it ideal for outdoor activities. The Sandias Mountains are an ideal place to go for outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, biking, and even skiing during the winter. Golfers will enjoy the top-quality public courses which are ranked among the best in the country. One major draw is the Balloon rides, especially with the International Balloon Fiesta organized by the city held every October. It is the world’s largest gathering of hot-air balloons, which takes place in Balloon Fiesta Park.

If you’re looking to explore and learn more about Albuquerque and New Mexico. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Explora, and Albuquerque Biological Park are also located near Old Town. Expo New Mexico, The National Hispanic Cultural Center, Popejoy Hall at the University of New Mexico, Santa Ana Star Center, and Isleta Amphitheater play host to the city’s larger events. Traditional fiestas and events such as weddings are held in Old Town Albuquerque’s Plaza, Hotel, and San Felipe de Neri Church.

You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to Albuquerque’s food and entertainment. The KiMo Theater, Al Hurricane Pavilion, and Albuquerque Convention Center with its Kiva Auditorium often get the majority of national and international music concerts, Broadway musicals, and other large touring events. With plenty of local music and performance from all around New Mexico. The restaurant scene is diverse with international cuisine as well as New Mexican food, made with locally farmed and produced ingredients.

Albuquerque’s Geography and Climate Area

Albuquerque is the county seat of Bernalillo County, which is located in north-central New Mexico. Surrounding Albuquerque is the Sandia–Manzano Mountains to the east. The Rio Grande river flows north to south through the city’s heart, and the West Mesa and Petroglyph National Monument are to the west. Albuquerque has one of the highest elevations of any large city in the United States, with heights varying from 4,900 feet (1,500 meters) above sea level along the Rio Grande to approximately 6,700 feet (2,000 meters) in the Sandia Heights and Glenwood Hills foothill districts.

Albuquerque’s climate is one of its best comforts, with many people both local and tourists enjoying it. Albuquerque has beautiful days year-round, with about 310 days of sunshine, 4 distinct seasons, and a mild, dry climate. With its low humidity, summers will stay comfortable and winters will also be mild and sunny. Rainfall averages about 9 inches annually, and the average relative humidity is only 44 percent. So be sure to stay hydrated and put on your sunblock.

Is Albuquerque suitable for solar?

Yes, Albuquerque is one of the best places to go solar. The climate and geographical location of the city and New Mexico as a whole are suitable for solar. With sunny days approximately 310 days a year, that’s plenty of daylight hours for energy generation. The cooler temperatures also help avoid drops in efficiency. This means your solar energy system will help you net real savings on your electricity bills from the moment it is turned on. New Mexico’s state government has incentives to make your transition to solar much easier.

Solar Incentives in Albquerque

Sustainable building tax credit

The New Mexico state government will provide a tax credit if you install a solar energy system as part of sustainable building efforts in your home. To qualify for this incentive, it needs certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for sustainability. The certification level you receive will determine your credit.

Property tax exemption for solar

With the solar adding value to your home, New Mexico adds to this benefit by exempting the added value from your property taxes. This is another great addition that allows you to further benefit from your solar energy installation without having to worry about another added cost.

New Mexico state solar tax credit

The state of New Mexico provides its solar tax credit. This credit can cut down your tax payments by $6,000 or 10% off your total solar energy expenses, whichever is the lower of the two. This applies to agricultural, commercial, and residential solar installations. You can also combine this tax credit with the Federal Solar Tax Credit (ITC). The ITC provides a 26% tax credit for systems installed between 2020 to 2022, and 22% for systems installed in 2023. This means that you can take advantage of both incentives for a large amount of tax credit.

Net Metering

Net metering is a policy that allows you to earn extra credits for the energy your solar generates. With a grid-tied solar energy system, your system will be interconnected with the grid. This will allow you to pull power from the grid when your solar energy system isn’t generating power. When your system generates excess power, it will be sent to the grid and this energy will be counted as credits toward your billing at the end of the month. Your monthly billing will only count the net electricity you have drawn from the grid. With the information listed from DSIRE, net metering is available to all qualifying facilities (a small power production facility) as defined by the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA).

S-RECs (Solar – Renewable Energy Certificates)

RECs themselves aren’t electricity. They technically serve as a claim that your home or business is powered by clean energy. This claim is created by generating your electricity through a solar energy system or other forms of clean energy generation. SRECs however, are required to be generated by a solar facility or energy system. 

PNM’s Performance Based Solar Program is a renewable energy credit (REC) purchase program. PNM will purchase RECs from customers who install photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal electric systems up to 100 kilowatts (kW). REC payments will be based on your solar energy system’s total output. PNM will purchase RECs from you as part of their regular monthly billing process. 

Questions & Answers – Solar Energy in Albuquerque

Is my home suitable for solar?

To find out if your home is suitable for solar energy. There are some questions you will need to answer. First of all, is the weather and climate in your area, if you’re already living in Albuquerque, you already have the ideal climate for solar. The other major consideration is your home’s structure and layout. What type of roof do you have? What’s its size and tilt? What is the condition of your roof? Is there any shade on your roof? Ideally, your roof will have no shade on it, is in good condition, and has a 30-degree tilt. Before designing your system, we conduct a full inspection of your home and surroundings to identify anything that may affect your solar energy installation. This is to ensure the safety of both your home and the solar energy installation.

Does adding solar panels to my home increase its value?

Yes, adding solar panels to your home can increase its value for multiple reasons. The reduction in electricity bills and savings as a result of the solar energy system. Buying a home with solar is much more convenient. The environmental benefit is seen as a plus. A solar energy system with battery storage is especially helpful in the case of grid outages. Government and private companies have also conducted research confirming that solar can increase the value of a home. We have an article with in-depth answers to this question for New Mexico.

My home has a flat roof, can I install solar panels?

Yes, you will still be able to install solar panels on your home. Installing solar on a flat roof home is much more convenient when compared to installing it on a pitched roof. Flat roofs make it easier for solar panels to be installed. Ballast mounting avoids any drilling and roofing work. Although, one downside is that solar panels installed with little to no pitch won’t produce as much power as a system on a pitched roof. You can read our article on Flat roof solar panels in New Mexico for more details.

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The Benefits of Going Solar

Save money on your Power Bill

Amount of savings on your monthly power bill vary per location but most homeowners will see an immediate reduction of their monthly electricity bill.

Add Value to Your Home

Solar panels are very likely to increase the value of your home. On average, studies show that homes with solar sell for more than 4.1% on average. 

Own Your Electricity

Feel the freedom of generating your own power and be paying into an something you own an stop renting your power from utility companies.

Offset Your Carbon Footprint

Even a small residential solar panels system will offset multiple tons of CO2. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint solar panels are a great way.

No More Power Outages

Solar energy systems with battery backups will let you power your home even if you are completely disconnected from the grid. So power outages become a thing of the past.

Low Risk Investment

Solar energy systems are good low risk investments with electricity rates rising over time you are investing in system that can save you up to 80% off your electricity bills.

Frequently Asked Questions – Albuquerque

Does Albuquerque get a lot of snow?

On average, Albuquerque, New Mexico receives 11 inches of rain each year. The average annual rainfall in the United States is 38 inches. Albuquerque receives an average of 11 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

What is Albuquerque best known for?

So, what is Albuquerque’s claim to fame? Albuquerque is recognized for its hot air balloon festival, unusual terrain, watermelon-colored mountains, and exotic river. With its unique architecture and numerous museums, it is also renowned as the cultural capital of the American Southwest.

Is Albuquerque considered high desert?

Albuquerque is a desert city, although it is at least one mile above sea level, at an elevation of nearly 5,000 feet. Even higher are the adjacent mountains. The Sandia Mountains rise to a height of more than 10,300 feet above sea level, with the tallest peaks reaching over 12,000 feet.

Frequently Asked Questions - Solar Energy

Will solar power be my only source of electricity?

Not if you don’t want it to be. If you do not install a battery backup, your home will be connected to your city’s electricity grid to ensure a continuous source of power when needed. This is especially helpful if you live in a place that does not have consistent sunlight or where sunlight is not plentiful many months out of the year.

Will I need to get a new roof?

Your roof will need to be inspected to ensure that it can withstand the weight, especially if you are due for a roof replacement in the next five years.

Otherwise, no, there’s no need to tack on a brand new roof to the project. However, confirm if the warranty on your roof will be affected with the installation of the solar panels. You can find out more details on this by contacting the company that installed your roof.

What happens if my panels produce more energy than needed?

This is a great problem to have, because the energy will not go to waste!

If your home produces extra energy, it can be fed into the city’s grid, and you receive a credit on your utility bill. This is called net metering. In the case of homeowners living off the grid, the excess power goes into their battery storage and is saved for when they are running low on solar power.

What if I move?

Homeowners have a few options with their solar panels when moving. If your new home is only a short distance away, the solar installer should be able to handle the reinstallation of your panels on the new home.

However, if you are moving to another city or state, you’ll have to weigh the benefits. It will be costly to have the panels removed, taken to the new destination, and reinstalled.

You also need to evaluate how well solar panels will perform in your new home, the permitting rules of that new city or state, and what incentives they have to offer. Some homeowners opt to take advantage of selling a home with solar panels, as this increases the value of the home and is a selling point for many buyers. For those who leased the solar panels, simply call the company to have them transferred to a new location, the new homeowners, or cancel the plan altogether.