Energy Credit Programs Go To City Commission

Members of the Truth or Consequences Public Utility Advisory Board (PUAB) reviewed two proposed renewable energy credit programs during their March 16 meeting. Following a brief discussion, the board agreed to forward a plan submitted by electric department supervisor Ed Williams to the city commission for their consideration…

Affordable Solar Begins Tracking Installation

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The city of Truth or Consequences has begun installation of its 1.8 MW solar tracking installation, after months of zoning, permitting, financing and vetting by local developer and engineering, procurement and construction company Affordable Solar. Array Technologies, Inc. (ATI), headquartered in Albuquerque, has begun shipping DuraTrack HZ solar tracker materials to the T-or-C Solar Plant, according to a news release from ATI…

City Ok’s Solar Assignment

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Postponing a decision during their December 9 meeting, Truth or Consequences City Commissioners convened for a special session Monday morning, December 15 to address the proposed assignment of future operation and maintenance of the city’s new solar energy farm from Albuquer-que’s Affordable Solar to Florida-based Kenyon Energy.
During the December 9 session, Commissioner Kathy Clark raised concerns about a lack of sufficient time for board members to review related contracts and materials, as well as to conduct a proper…

PUAB To Examine Solar Plans

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Reemphasizing a previous request during T-or-C’s Public Utility Advisory Board’s (PUAB) September 15 meeting, community resident Ron Pacourek urged members to move forward with development of an ordinance that would detail how the city would handle future generation credits from residential solar and other alternative energy systems. In response to Pacourek’s comment, board Chairman Al Siffring said that PUAB members had agreed to convene a workshop during the August meeting, but no session had yet been scheduled…

MRA To Bolster T-or-C Renovations

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While the Truth or Consequences City Commission’s September 9 regular session centered on a number of measures pertaining to development of the planned solar farm (see related story in this issue), board members also addressed a proposed Metropolitan Redevelopment Area (MRA) designation, which they were told could significantly improve funding options for renovation of the downtown’s historic business district.
At the outset of the session, commissioners convened a formal public hearing to obtain community input regarding the proposed MRA. After opening the hearing, T-or-C Assistant City Manager Bill Slettom provided commissioners with an overview of the MRA, first emphasizing this was a required component of the Downtown Master Plan currently under development and noting the measure was a long-standing approach for municipalities engaging in urban renewal…