In Santa Fe, New Mexico, the State Senate’s okayed a move to explore installing solar panels on state buildings.
The Senate voted 36-4 this week to direct the state General Services Department to pursue contracts with solar providers. It’s a move to state money on electricity costs over time with no up-front public investment. It also opens the door for contracts that generate electricity with wind turbines or use the sun to heat water.
The New Mexico General Services Department isn’t so sure about the move, expressing concerns it would put a strain on the administrative staff and construction project managers.