PNM & Solar Power

Program Overview

For nearly a decade, PNM has supported customer-owned solar generation, which has helped drive solar industry growth and consumer choice in the Land of Enchantment. The PNM Customer Solar Energy Program helps our customers save money and support their commitment to renewable energy.

The PNM Customer Solar Energy Program is available to any PNM residential or business customer that installs a qualified solar energy system and has it interconnected to the PNM power grid. The Program:

Applies to grid-tied solar PV systems and solar thermal electric technologies.
Limits maximum system size to 1 MWAC.
Does not offer incentives for solar water heaters and other solar-heated equipment.
We have received questions from customers who have been approached by local solar companies proposing free solar as part of a “partnership with PNM.” The PNM Customer Solar Energy Program is not associated, aligned or a partner with any solar installer / contractor. We do not maintain a “preferred provider” list. PNM inspects these systems to verify that they meet applicable NM Public Regulation Commission requirements so they can be safely connected to the grid.

Who can apply?
– PNM Customers may apply for and install solar PV systems that meet all applicable electrical codes and utility safety standards

– 3rd Party Owned Systems (Lease, PPA, Rent): Systems that are owned by a 3rd Party (other than the PNM Customer) are limited in size to produce no more than 120% of your annual consumption. We will determine the last 12 months of consumption based on the 12 most recent bills if available, adjust for 365 days if there are less than 12 months of bills, and multiply the total by 120%. This is the maximum amount allowed to be produced by a 3rd party owned system according to the State of New Mexico Statute

What costs are the responsibility of the customer?
– Interconnection Application Fee


– The customer is responsible for the costs associated with the installation including permit fees, upgrades to the customer’s electrical service if needed, and any costs related to upgrading the utility’s system that are required to interconnect (i.e. transformer feeding customer’s home)