New Mexico sees its biggest solar array unveiled


The 1.1-megawatt project uses over 5,000 locally made solar modules and covers five acres of parking area, according to the companies. They say the installation will generate over 1,600,000 kWh of clean electricity annually, which is said to be enough to meet 80 percent of The Bell Group’s electricity needs.

Schott Solar employs 340 people at its Albuquerque facility, Affordable Solar Group 35 employees in Albuquerque, and VE Group over 50 employees in New Mexico and Colorado, many of whom were reportedly employed by The Bell Group’s solar project.

“As a business, we’re always looking for ways to reduce our costs, and our new solar installation is lowering our electricity bills with clean, reliable energy generated by a local, high quality product,” said Alan Bell, managing director of The Bell Group, an Albuquerque-based industrial distributor.

The project implementation team consisted of Affordable Solar Group, Albuquerque-based solar equipment distributor and project developer; VE Group (Valley Electric), the prime contractor with offices in New Mexico and Colorado; and VE Group’s local and regional subcontractors including Coupland-Moran Engineers, US Prefab, National Roofing and others who together carried the project from conception to completion.