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There’s never been a better time for Santa Fe 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.

Santa Fe Residential Solar

Santa Fe is the capital 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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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 Santa Fe Area

Santa Fe is New Mexico’s capital city and the oldest capital city in the country. It was founded in 1610 by the Spanish conquistador Juan De Oñate, as Santa Fe de Nuevo México, a province of New Spain. To the Tewa peoples it was known as Oghá P’o’oge (‘white shell water place’) and to the Navajo people as Yootó (‘bead’ + ‘water place’). The area was also originally occupied by the indigenous Tanoan peoples who lived in the Pueblo villages along the Rio Grande river. With such a steep and diverse history and culture, Santa Fe stands out with its unique architecture, history, and art scene.

If you’re keen on learning more about Santa Fe’s history and culture, there are plenty of options. Historic sites are in and around Santa Fe, so you’d get that chance to see Native American ruins, living museums of Spanish colonial life, chapels, and even buildings such as the New Mexico State Capitol Building and Santa Fe Plaza which you won’t miss around the downtown area. Museums also provide a glimpse into New Mexico’s past, such as the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and the New Mexico History Museum. Modern art lovers will also love the numerous museums and galleries that display a thriving art scene that has become part of Santa Fe’s identity. The New Mexico Museum of Art, The Art Vault, and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts are just a few of the museums and galleries in Santa Fe.

Seeing the local culture of Santa Fe is one thing, you get plenty of ways to experience it for yourself. Santa Fe hosts a wide array of classes and workshops for various activities, ranging from art & crafts to food, photography, and yoga. Thousands visit Santa Fe each year to take part in these classes and workshops. Santa Fe’s outdoors also has plenty of options, with skiing, hiking, biking trails, and more. Santa Fe’s creative vibe also shows in its performing arts, with live dancing, music, and theater to keep you busy. Santa Fe’s Music week is a yearly event with 8 days of live music from local and national musicians performing around town. There’s never a dull moment when it comes to The City Different.

Santa Fe’s Geography and Climate

Santa Fe is the capital city of New Mexico and the county seat for Sante Fe County. It’s the fourth-largest city in New Mexico and its metropolitan area is part of the Albuquerque–Santa Fe–Las Vegas combined statistical area. Sitting at the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Santa Fe is in the Northern area of the Rio Grande Valley. The Santa Fe River and the arroyos of Santa Fe drain into the Rio Grande River that runs through New Mexico. Santa Fe Sits at 7,199 feet (2,194 m) above sea level, which makes it the highest state capital in the US.

Santa Fe’s climate is similar to most of New Mexico, with cool dry winters, hot summers, and lower-than-average rain and snow. During the summer temperatures can reach highs of 86.1 degrees, while winter lows can go down to 18.1 degrees. Each year, Santa Fe sees on average 15 inches of rain and 26 inches of snow. This climate is some of the most comfortable, especially around the summer.

Is Santa Fe suitable for solar?

Yes, Santa Fe 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 320 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 Santa Fe

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 Santa Fe

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.