Schott Solar unveils New Mexico's largest solar array
Schott Solar PV Inc., VE Group LLC and Affordable Solar Group LLC unveiled New Mexico's largest solar array (1.1MW) on The Bell Group's headquarter parking structure in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this week. The project uses more than 5,000 locally-made solar modules by Schott Solar PV, a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing, with U.S. headquarters in Albuquerque.
The installation covers five acres of parking area and will generate more than 1,600,000 kWh of clean electricity annually -- enough to meet 80 percent of The Bell Group's electricity needs, according to an Aug. 23 release. This locally generated clean energy will avoid approximately 1,125 tons of CO2 emissions annually, while the solar structures provide shaded parking for employee and visitor vehicles under the hot New Mexico sun. The project involved a significant number of jobs in the Albuquerque region by utilizing local manufacturers, contractors and subcontractors from various trades.