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Commissioner Lyons Helps Break Ground At Largest Solar Farm In NM

New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Patrick Lyons and several other dignitaries took part in a groundbreaking for the upcoming installation of the largest solar farm in New Mexico, located in Chaves County. NextEra Energy Resources is developing three solar energy projects near the city of Roswell, known collectively as the Alien City Solar Project. The project is supported by an Industrial Revenue Bond issued by Chaves County and the Roswell Independent School District. If fully developed, the three projects would generate up to 170 MW at peak, and produce nearly 500,000 MWh/year. That’s enough to power about 60,000 homes. The project includes the development of up to 1,300 acres of private land from eight landowners. The projects would use solar photovoltaic panels with single-axis tracking technology to follow the sun daily from east to west to increase energy production. Xcel Energy, with approval from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, has contracted to be a customer for 140MW of the power production from this facility for economic reasons, which will lower rates for consumers. These projects would generate clean energy and would provide hundreds of construction jobs starting in late 2015 through the end of 2016, as well as ongoing revenue to the local communities through the deployment of up to $300 million in capital investment. Several full time maintenance positions will continue after 2016. A Golden Shovel Groundbreaking Event was held on the afternoon of November 19 for the Alien City Solar Project, which has a proposed commercial operation by December 31, 2016. “This solar project represents a very low cost of electricity to Southwest Power Supply customers,” stated Commissioner Lyons. “I wish this project could be included in the Renewable Portfolio Standards to meet the Legislative mandate of 20 percent renewable energy by 2020.”

EFCU Honored

The Eddy Federal Credit Union-South Branch at 1711 S. Canal St was selected as the November Business of the Month, announced Mary Garwood, Beautification Coordinator with the City of Carlsbad. Pictured are: Donna Davis, Branch Manager, Eddy Federal Credit Union South Staff Members, Mike Hernandez-Deputy Director of Utilities, and Dan Main-Beautification Committee Member. To recommend a business be considered for business of the month, please call 302-7665 or email

Rose III Announced As Semifinalist For Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award

Larry Rose III has been named a semifinalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, the Selection Committee announced on Monday. Only 16 semifinalists are chosen for this prestigious award. This award is presented annually to a player who was born in Texas, graduated from a Texas high school or played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year college. The player must also exhibit the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell, including integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, community, and tenacity – Specifically tenacity to persist, drive, determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals. The Fairfield, Texas native currently leads the Sun Belt with 1,587 rushing yards on 213 attempts. These rushing yards also broke the all-time single season rushing yards record for the Aggies. He is first in the conference in average rushing yards per game with 144.3, and his total rushing yards earned him the No. 10 ranking for total offense in the conference. Rose III has racked up three 200-yard rushing games this season, which included a career-high 260 rushing yards at New Mexico, 212 yards against Idaho and 207 yards at Texas State. The sophomore also scored a career-high four rushing touchdowns against Idaho and two touchdowns at Texas State to lead the Aggies to victory over both conference opponents. His performances in these games earned him back-to-back SBC Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week awards. Additionally, Rose III has seven 100-yard rushing games, which includes five in conference play. In six of these seven games, Rose III has rushed for 180 yards or more.

ECC To Meet

Tomorrow is the first Tuesday in December and that means another Eddy County Commission meeting. It will start at 8:30 tomorrow morning in Carlsbad and county leaders will hear a presentation from County Manager Rick Rudometkin on workmen’s compensation insurance and future changes in it. The commission will also meet as the Indigent Hospital Claims Board. The commission will also get an update on a salary survey and they are also being asked to vote on some resolutions and agreements.

Paul Gessing Podcast Returns

This week the head of the Rio Grande Foundation think tank asks Marvel Studios "where is the love for NM?" He also talks about the firewood police. 

Newsmakers Looks At An Education Town Hall

From KRWG-TV in Las Cruces, a field reports include: A proposal to increase New Mexico`s alcohol excise tax aimed at reducing abuse and an education town hall is held in Las Cruces.Fred Martino(pictured) is the host and you can watch in the You Tube link at the bottom of the page.

Christmas Bike Program Returns

Robby Gaines of Ride For Bikes says some youngsters in Artesia will be getting a new bike for Christmas. He says they need donations and help putting them together. (Photo from Ride For Bikes)