The Clean-Energy State
Posted on Jun 23, 2008
The Guardian reports that New Mexico, with its thousands of square miles of sun-soaked, wind-swept land, is vying to become the epicenter of the new green economy. Given the right tax breaks and technological breakthroughs, the Land of Enchantment could become the Saudi Arabia of sun.
Wind and biomass are popular in New Mexico, but the desert sun that draws millions of tourists here also makes its solar power potential the second largest in America.
So it is that the Clean Energy State’s future just may lie in the south corner of the capital city, at the end of a dry road marked by a mile-long sculpture of a snake with jewelled eyes.
The road ends at Mesa del Sol, a 13,000-acre development area that is poised to become a hotbed of the US solar industry.
U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Nadine Y. Barclay