Commercial Solar Projects

NEDO Smart Grid, Los Alamos

One of the two projects within Los Alamos utility’s territory that creates a micro-grid using a 1 MW solar energy system and a 1.8 MW/8.3 MWh battery system. The solar energy courses through a particular distribution line to test its impact on the grid. This is the first international project in the U.S. to demonstrate how to provide a significant proportion of renewable power on the electric grid to meet a community’s residential needs


  • Location: Los Alamos, NM
  • System: 1 MW PV solar array at capped landfill
  • 3,991 x Kyocera 225W modules & Various other test modules
  • 1.8 MW/8.3 MWh Battery System
  • 1x Hitachi PCS 500kW Inverter, 5x PV Powered PVP 100kW Inverters, 10x
  • Solectria PVI 13kW Inverters

NEDO Smart House

The second part of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities NEDO project, is a 2,418 square foot “Smart House” , and pairs the solar system by Kyocera with a lithium-ion battery system, a heat pump storage unit, and sensors and communication equipment. The idea is to figure out how to operate all this equipment to meet the energy demand of the home and respond to any requests from the utility or grid operator to use the solar electricity for balancing the grid


  • Output: 3.4 kW
  • Battery: 24 kWh
  • Home Energy Management System (HEMS)

Smith's Food - Albuquerque

Affordable Solar designed and installed 102kW rooftop solar electric systems on two Smith’s stores in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Affordable Solar worked with each store’s staff to minimize disruption to store operations during installation. Each installed solar system consists of 442 high-quality solar panels manufactured by Canadian Solar.


  • Location: Golf Course & McMahon, Albuquerque, NM
  • 442 x Canadian Solar CSI CS6-230P Modules
  • 1x PV Powered PVP 75kW & 1x PV Powered PVP 30kW Inverters
  • UniRac RapidRac G10 Flat Roof Ballasted Racking System
  • Web Based Monitoring (DECK)

Rio Grande, a Berkshire Hathaway Company

Affordable Solar… was completely transparent in sharing how they arrived at their cost and payback calculations, establishing a level of trust that made it possible for us to proceed with a multi-million dollar project with confidence – something lacking with other bidders. Affordable Solar…. came in on time and on budget, and did the job the way we wanted. Affordable Solar kept all the affected parties – the city, the utility, the subcontractors – and us fully informed as to their progress, all the time. There were no surprises.

Alan Bell, President of The Bell Group


  • Location: Albuquerque, NM
  • System: 0.1 MW System
  • 5040 x Schott Poly 220W panels
  • 4x SMA SC 250U Inverters
  • Custom Carport Racking System
  • 5 acres of covered parking

Government Solar Projects

Sunport Phase III

On May 29, 2012, Mayor Richard J. Berry and representatives from Affordable Solar, PNM, and the Albuquerque International Sunport officially “flipped the switch” on the last photovoltaic solar array on the Sunport’s parking structure. This final phase of the project consists of five arrays that will provide power directly to the terminal building.


  • Location: Albuquerque, NM
  • 411.25 kW System
  • 1750 x Schott Poly 235W
  • 1 x SatCon PowerGate Plus 375kW Inverter
  • Schletter Standard Flush Mounted System
  • Web Based Monitoring (DECK)

Genoveva Chavez Community Center

Early in 2014, the City of Santa Fe, NM, contracted with Affordable Solar to build a 600kW Carport System on Rodeo Road in Santa Fe. Completion is scheduled for December, 2014.


  • Client: City of Santa Fe, NM
  • Address: 3221 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
  • Prime Contractor: Affordable Solar
  • Scope of Work: EPC Contract for 600kW Carport PV System in Santa Fe, NM
  • Commencement Date: Q3 of 2014
  • Completion Date: Q4 of 2014

Deming Waste Water Treatment Plant

The City of Deming has worked with Affordable Solar to complete three solar system installations that now deliver electric power to the City’s Waste Water Treatment Plant and the Bilbo Well and Booster Stations which are part of the City’s water system. These solar projects are a great example of a public-private partnership that benefits the City, its residents, and involved businesses.


  • Location: Deming, NM
  • 570.72 kW System
  • 1968 x Trina 290W Modules
  • 1x Solectria SGI 500 Inverter
  • iSys Ground Mount UniRac Racking System
  • Web Based Monitoring (DRAKER)

Silver City WWTP

Affordable Solar is the designer, builder, owner and operations and maintenance provider of the WWTP solar system. Through a “Power Purchase Agreement” (PPA), the Town is expected to save an estimated 3-4 million dollars over the next 20 years on electrical costs based on the energy that will be provided by the solar array. The municipality’s sole responsibility is to purchase the electricity from Affordable Solar with no price escalation for the 20 year contract period.


  • Location: Silver City, NM
  • 1.14 MW System
  • 3960 x Trina Solar TSM-PC/PA14 290W
  • 2 x SMA SC 500HE 500kW Inverters
  • iSys Ground Mount UniRac Racking System
  • Web Based Monitoring (DRAKER)

Utility Solar Projects

Otero County Electric Cooperative

This visionary project is OCEC’s first initiative towards a Community Solar Garden concept – whereby the Co-op’s members will have the opportunity to invest into and own shares of the project that will be operated and maintained by the Co-Op.


  • Output: 76 kW
  • 253 photovoltaic (PV) panels
  • 253 micro inverters
  • 23 sub-metered PV systems


Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) plans to build more solar power plants to help it meet the state standard for renewable energy in 2016. The additional 10-megawatt solar power plants will raise the company’s solar capacity to 107 megawatts, which could provide the power used by 40,000 average homes in a year.

Affordable Solar and GranSolar (a joint venture) is contracted to provide EPC services for two 12.2 MW DC (10 MWac) projects, for a total of 24.4 MWdc. Each projects consists of 40,660 x 300W polycrystalline modules installed on ground mount single-axis trackers. Each array will cover approximately 66 acres and are to be completed by December 2015.


  • Client: Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM)
  • Location: Alvarado Square, 414 Silver Ave. SW. Albuquerque, NM 87102
  • Prime Contractor: Affordable Solar - GranSolar
  • Scope of Work: EPC Contract for two 10 MWac PV Plants in Albuquerque (N.M)
  • Commencement Date: Q2 of 2015
  • Completion Date: Q4 of 2015

Additional Clients

Some additional commercial solar clients include:

  • PNM Utility (Single Axis Tracker) 12.2 MW x 2
  • City of Truth or Consequences (Ground) 1.8 MW
  • Smith’s Food Distribution Center (Roof) 1.2 MW
  • Silver City WWTP (Ground) 1,140 kW
  • Rio Grande (Solar Carports) 1,100 kW
  • NEDO Smart Grid R&D Project (Ground) 1,000 kW
  • Alamogordo WWTP System (Ground) 940.94 kW
  • City of Deming (Ground) 806 kW
  • Santa Fe Chavez Community Center (Solar Carports) 693 kW
  • Sunport Phase III (Solar Carports) 411 kW
  • Colorado College (Roof) 301 kW
  • Boys & Girls Club (Roof) 134 kW & 84 kW
  • Smith’s Food (Los Alamos) 124.83 kW
  • Smith’s Food (Roof) 102 kW
  • Smith’s Food (Roof) 102 kW
  • Decon Properties (Roof) 89.7 kW
  • Otero County Electric Coop Utility (Ground) 78 kW
  • Nina Otero Community School (Canopy) 76 kW
  • Nossier Properties, LLC (Roof) 44.95
  • Pargin Realty (Roof) 44.90 kW
  • St. Joseph’s Health Center (Roof) 41 kW
  • Presbyterian Health Care Building (Roof) 40 kW
  • Fitness Superstore (Roof) 32 kW
  • Pete’s Café (Roof) 31.5 kW
  • Clovis Hotel (Roof) 30kW