New Mexico's Albuquerque city sets 25% solar goal by 2025
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The city of Albuquerque in the US state of New Mexico has set a target of generating 25% of the energy consumed by city facilities from solar power by 2025.
The Albuquerque City Council passed a resolution establishing the goal on Monday with unanimous support.
The resolution notes that New Mexico gets more than 300 days of sunshine a year and that the solar industry currently provides 1,900 jobs in the state, a 73% increase from 2012 to 2015.
City Councilor Pat Davis told KOB-TV that the city council last spring commissioned a study which showed that almost 40 city-owned buildings could be fitted with solar panels at a cost of USD 45 million (EUR 40.3m). According to him, the installations will deliver about USD 3 million in savings a year for taxpayers.