Energy/ Alternative Energy/ Environmental Technologies

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solar-test-site-belenSolar test site in Belen.

With technology resources from Sandia National Labs and the University and research institutions, the region is well poised to expand its development of alternative energy. 300 days of sunshine, abundant high planes wind, and a renewable portfolio standard that sets targets for alternative energy sources all help to spur interest in this area.

New developments in solar, wind, and biomass are occurring in our region, including developments in energy transmission. There is an opportunity for the region to be a hub for energy technology, assembly and distribution and manufacturing of central components, and deployment of smart grid technology.

The region is also poised to be in the forefront of environmental technologies, such as water purification, desalination, and water technology deployment.

Sandia National Laboratories is a valuable resource for existing and start-up companies in this field. They are home to several research labs and facilities focused on developing commercially viable energy technologies including the National Solar Thermal Test Facility, National Center for Photovoltaics and the Distributed Energy Technologies Lab.

sandia-algaeIn the midst of algal growth tanks, researcher Brian Dwyer views a sample prior to a turbidity measurement. As part of a project to create alternative sources of energy, Sandia researchers are cultivating green algae as a promising new supply of biofuel.
Photo courtesy Sandia National Laboratories.

A Sampling of Top Solar and Green Technology Employers

  • Array Technologies - Oldest leading manufacturer of active solar tracking systems in the world
  • Fraunhofer CFV Solar Test Laboratory - A non-profit applied research and development laboratory dedicated to the commercialization of clean energy technologies
  • Gratings, Inc - (UNM spin-off) Advanced lithography and produces small features on wafers and semiconductor materials
  • Sacred Power - Native American owned and operated small business with a charter to provide renewable and distributive energy and telecommunications solutions. Its core partners have over 40 years of renewable and distributive energy experience in all facets of the technologies
  • Unirac - Collaborates with installers and system integrators who work with a variety of structures and PV modules, in order to deliver mounting solutions that offer the freedom and flexibility, along with the speed, ease and low cost of installation they are looking for
  • Evoqua Water Technologies
  • Miox Corporation


  • Solar Energy Systems Gross Receipts Tax Exemption
  • Solar Market Development Income Tax Credit
  • Sustainable Building Tax Credit
  • Geothermal Tax Credit
  • Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit
  • Advanced Energy Tax Credits
  • Alternative Energy Product Manufacturers Tax Credit
  • Biodiesel Blending Facility Tax Credit
  • Blended Biodiesel Fuel Tax Credit


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