New Mexico ranks #13 in America for savings from installing solar panels on your home

Solar power in New Mexico

To state the obvious there is a lot of sun in New Mexico and so solar panels installed there produce more power than in almost any other place in the country.

Very recently there has been a move by some States to end Net Metering, this is very bad. Net Metering is the best overall solar incentive for most folks so you might want to get in while the gettn's good.

Payback times on systems are around 10 to 12 years depending on factors like the size of the system and the brands of equipment used as well as what Utility you buy your power from.

Your local Solar Pro's know what's going on, talk to them.


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Solar power in New Mexico

New Mexico solar power facts


Average cost of a 5kw solar power system in 2019
Price shown before incentives

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Average payback time


Average lifetime savings
Price shown after repayments of capital


levelized cost of solar energy


If you don't get solar
The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years


Annual power production

Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of a 6.07kW system

This 6.07kW system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill in New Mexico is $169, however your situation may vary so try our solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.

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How much do solar panels cost in New Mexico

$3.64 per watt

Cash purchased solar system
Before 30% solar tax credit

$4.04 per watt

Financed solar system
Before 30% solar tax credit

15.7¢ cents/kWh

Av. 15 year term, 2.5% price escalator

What are the pros and cons of buying solar panels for your home in New Mexico

The advantages of installing solar panels in New Mexico is there is both state based incentives and the federal tax credit. Lots of sunshine means a solar pv system in NM is going to produce very well. Some incentives are becoming fully subscribed so best get in while you can.

The disadvantage of installing solar panels for your home in New Mexico is that some incentives have alreadt expired or are fully subscribed, best talk to a local Solar Pro to see what you might be eligable for. Despite this there are still excellent incentives available in New Mexico. Enter your details to calculate the cost and savings you are likely to get from installing solar panels for your home.

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Best brands of solar panels

To find the best brands of solar panels you can use America's most trusted solar panel comparison and reviews website, SolarReviews.

However, reviews of solar panels can be a bit meaningless because most consumer owners have not had any issues and so whilst solar company reviews are very important when choosing solar installers they are of less use when choosing solar panels.

For more information to help you make an informed decision about this topic, I would recommend this article about buying solar panels.


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How much electricity will solar panels produce in New Mexico

Solar panels produce different amounts of energy in different locations.

Around the Albuquerque area solar panels installed on a south facing 27 degree pitch roof will typically produce:

1,150kWh per year per 1kw of peak DC (direct current) capacity

For more information about how your location, roof direction and roof tilt affects solar power production use the solar panels calculator and enter your zipcode below.


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What rebates, solar tax credits and other solar incentives are available in New Mexico?

Net Metering in New Mexico

Many people don't understand the importance of net metering policy to the residential solar industry.

Solar by its nature generates most power during the middle of the day when most people are at work or school and little power is being used in the home.

Net metering means that for every unit of surplus solar generation generated during the day you effectively get a credit for a kilowatt hour of power purchased from the grid at another time.

Excess generated Kilowatt hours or credits can be rolled over into the next month billing period. If you exceed $20 in extra credits over the billing month you can get cheque, very nice.



The Solar Carve Out and New Mexico's REC's

New Mexico has a renewable energy target that is mandated in legislation that requires utilities operating in the state to source a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable sources.

The legislature has further mandated that part of this renewable energy must come from solar, this is known as the solar carve out.

New Mexico has mandated 20% of Renewable Energy by 2020 and the solar carve out further requires that 20% of that power comes from solar panels.

This is good news but the program has proved popular and is likely to be fully subscribed soon.

The way they enact this program, so that the liable entities (the utilities) do not have to build this solar capacity themselves is to attach a Renewable Energy Credit (REC) to each MWH of solar electricity generation in the state.

You (or your installer) registers your installation and you can then create and trade these REC certificates.

However the different Utilities that run these programs have slightly different structures in the way they work and the targets they are required to meet.

This means that programs have become or are quickly becoming fully subscribed, your local Solar Pro will know what's applicable for your situation.

El-Paso Electric Company small and medium system Renewable Energy Purchase Program basically works by crediting $.02 cents per kWh (kilowatt hour) for solar systems up to 10kW in size. More here.

Xcel Energy's program is fully subscribed for systems up to 10kW, bad news for most home sized solar pv systems.

However if you can get a 10kW or larger system up to 100kW you could still be able to get $0.05 cents per kWh (kilowatt hour).

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Cost of Solar Systems in New Mexico

You should be able to buy good quality solar power systems from reputable installers in the range of $3.20 to $3.70 per watt, before incentives and fully installed.

At this sort of price level you are talking about a payback period of 7 years or less and an internal rate of return on investment of around 20%.



Is it better to lease or purchase solar panels in New Mexico?

New Mexico has made various zero down solar lease and solar PPA products popular in New Mexico generally speaking you will make far greater savings over the life of a system if you purchase your solar panels (whether with cash you have available or through a HELOC loan) rather than enter into a third party owned solar lease or Solar PPA agreement.

You can use the solar savings calculator to see the difference in the overall savings over the life of a system.

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Tax Information on New Mexico Solar Systems

There is no sales tax and new solar installs are 100% property tax exempt



New Mexico Interconnection guidelines

New Mexico has a standard interconnection process in place that applies to Solar Installs up to 10 kW.

There is more info about it in the link but your best source of current info is likely to be your local solar installers.

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New Mexico Solar Calculator

Regardless of what you want to know about the economics of installing solar panels for your home or business in New Mexico we have a solar calculator that can show you exactly the information your require.


You can either use our full monty solar calculator that shows you everything you could possibly want to know or you can use one of our range of smaller calculators for specific solar calculations that focus on providing you only with the specific information you require.



What you can find out about installing solar panels in New Mexico using our full monty solar calculator

This solar calculator requires you to input your address, utility company, your average monthly power spend - It tells you:

If you want to see all of the above but also see live pricing, the three best solar deals available in your city and get binding quotes from each of these solar companies then use this solar panels calculator. This calculator requires you to also input your name and contact details because most of our 200+ installer partners will only authorize the sharing of their live solar pricing where we have validated that you are a real homeowner with a home in their service area. We respect the privacy of your data and only share your contact details with the solar companies you ask us to get binding quotes from.


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Going solar in New Mexico

Check out all of the ways energy providers of New Mexico can help you be more energy efficient and save money.

The following programs are available:
Find your local rebates and incentives

Your city may have further incentives to offer. Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.

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