New Mexico homeowners told they can’t connect solar systems

NEW MEXICO HAS BEEN CALLED A NATIONAL LEADER IN CLEAN ENERGY WITH LEGISLATION ON THE BOOKS PUTTING THE STATE ON A BUT AS NEWS THIRTEEN'S GABRIELLE BURKHART DISCOVERED ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT. SOME HOMEOWNERS TO WANT TO GO SOLAR ARE BEING TOLD THEY CAN'T. IS UNACCEPTABLE. I KNOW IT'S NOT HAVE NO DOUBT THAT IS THE FRUSTRATING PART OF THAT PROCESS. IT LIKE THE SYSTEM ISN'T KEEPING UP WITH THE TIMES AND THE TECHNOLOGY NEW MEXICANS CAN COUNT ON SEEING SUNSHINE YEAR SO FOR DAN MONAGHAN HE FIGURED INSTALLING SOLAR PANELS AT HIS NORTHWEST ALBUQUERQUE HOME. MADE PERFECT SENSE. WE JUST THINK IT'S A IT'S A GOOD WAY TO HELP THE WORLD WORK WE'RE NOT GOING EARN COLDER. OIL OR AND ALL THESE THINGS THAT ARE A GOOD ABOUT OPERATIONS TO DO THE INSTALL PAID $100 TO GET THE PROCESS GOING IN APPLIED FOR PERMITS WITH THE CITY IN HIS THEN MONTHS LATER HE RAN INTO IT. SOLID ROADBLOCK AND SAID NO YOU CAN'T A NOTICE FROM CNN STATES THE CURRENT FEEDER THAT WOULD CONNECT YOUR PROJECT IS INTERCONNECT ANY ADDITIONAL SOLAR WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS.

PN ADDS THERE ARE NO CURRENT PLANS FOR SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS TO INCREASE CAPACITY. SO WHAT IS A THEATER IN WHY IS IT IMPORTANT ESSENTIALLY THERE ARE POWER DISTRIBUTION LINES BOTH ABOVE AND BELOW GROUND TRANSMITTING ELECTRICITY TO HOMES. VERY STRICT VOLTAGE AND CAPACITY REQUIREMENTS TO KEEP EVERYONE OPERATING ADDING MORE SOLAR GENERATED ENERGY TO A MAXED OUT FEEDER WITHOUT UPGRADES COULD CREATE A SAFETY HAZARD. THROUGH FACEBOOK MONAGHAN FOUND OTHER HOMEOWNERS WERE TOLD THE SAME THING THEY CAN'T INSTALL SOLAR CAPACITY SHOULD YOU AND YOUR NEIGHBORS BE GETTING THE ANSWER NO FROM PNM NO YOU CANNOT HAVE SOLAR I THINK IT'S. ABSOLUTELY INSANE THAT SOMEBODY CAN TELL ME I CAN'T PUT SOLAR IN MY HOUSE, ESPECIALLY THE PEOPLE WHOSE CELL NON SOLAR ELECTRICITY BAKERY DOWN THE STREET TELL YOU THAT YEAH, WE KNOW YOU CAN BE READ YOURSELF BUT BECAUSE OF REGULATIONS YOU HAVE TO BUY YOUR BREATH FROM WE FULLY CUSTOMER OWN SOLAR AND WE THINK IT'S WONDERFUL THAT CUSTOMERS WANT TO INSTALL SOLAR ON THEIR HOME AND WE RESOURCES, BUT WE DO HAVE A COMMITMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN WE'RE INTERCONNECTING ANYTHING ON TO OUR BREAD.

THAT IT'S BEING DONE SO UNDER THE GUIDELINES AND STANDARDS SET BY THE INTERCONNECTION MANUAL AND THE PRC SPOKESPERSON FOR PNM MEGAN CAVANAGH SAYS THE UTILITY COMPANY DOES NOT DENY APPLICATIONS FOR CUSTOMER OWN SOLAR SYSTEMS, BUT RATHER PLACES THEM ON HOLD 99% OF THE INTERCONNECTION APPLICATIONS THAT WE RECEIVE OR APPROVED, BUT THE NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS WAITING IN LINE FOR SOLAR IS CLIMBING PNM SAW A RECORD NUMBER OF APPLICANTS IN 2020 A MORE PEOPLE STAYING HOME IN THE PANDEMIC THAT WAS A HUGE INCREASE FOR APPLICATIONS FOR SOLAR REQUESTS TO INCREASE CONNECTION MANUAL STATE THE COST OF UTILITY SYSTEM MODIFICATIONS SHALL BE BORNE BY THE CUSTOMER. AN ISSUE DISCUSSED DURING A RECENT VIRTUAL WORKSHOP WITH STATE REGULATORS FROM THE COST OF THE UPGRADES AS AS I MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY ARE WELL IN EXCESS OF A MILLION DOLLARS THAT WE DON'T ANTICIPATE A BE ABLE TO PAY THAT THE MANUAL WAS WRITTEN IN 2008 IT'S VERY OUTDATED TECHNOLOGY IS REALLY BAD IT'S NOT JUST WITH.

SOLAR SYSTEMS BY WITH. HOW WE MANAGE DISTRIBUTION LINES BIGGER TRANSMISSION LINES. CYNTHIA HALL AS A COMMISSIONER FOR DISTRICT ONE WITH THE STATE'S PUBLIC REGULATION AUTHORITY THAT REGULATES PNM. TO ME IT SEEMS LIKE A NO-BRAINER BECAUSE WE HAVE AN RESOURCE OF SOLAR ENERGY HERE HALL SAYS EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO PUT SOLAR PANELS ON THEIR ROOF IF THEY SO CHOOSE AND THE PRC IS IN PRELIMINARY STAGES OF UPDATING ITS INTERCONNECTION RULES THIS IS A BIG JOB WE HAVE WHICH IS REGULATING THESE MONOPOLY UTILITY COMPANIES AND MAKING CHARGE PEOPLE ARE FAIR IF PNM EXPANDS FEEDER CAPACITY TO ALLOW MORE SOLAR WE ASKED IF THAT COULD RESULT IN A RATE EVALUATE PROJECTS COST IS OBVIOUSLY A LARGE PORTION OF THAT REALLY NEEDS TO BE SOMETHING THAT BENEFITS CUSTOMERS AND THE RED AS A TO BE APPROVED BY THE OH YES, THAT'S OUR JOB FOR NOW PNM ENCOURAGES HOMEOWNERS AND CONTRACTORS TO LOOK UP INVESTING IN SOLAR TO SEE IF EATERS IN THEIR AREA ARE AT MAX CAPACITY, MEANWHILE, ENERGY TRANSITION ACT SIGNED SETS NEW MEXICO ON A PATH TO BEING 100% CARBON-FREE BY 2045.

PNM PLANS TO REACH THAT SOME PEOPLE WANT TO DO SOMETHING CENTER ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT GABRIELLE BURKHART NEWS 13. THE PUBLIC REGULATION.

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