from the New Mexico News Connection - A statewide news service for New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM – Nearly a dozen New Mexico business leaders have written to the White House advocating that Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and President Barack Obama quickly transition to clean energy using public, private and tribal lands.
Before President Obama left on vacation, he met with people at various stops in the Midwest, and one member of the group that met with the president in Iowa was David Melton, CEO of Sacred Power Corporation, based in Albuquerque. Melton was there to deliver a message and letter from about a dozen New Mexico business leaders. He says the letter, also meant for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, urges the president to work more quickly with tribal, federal, state, and private partners to create local jobs while protecting the country's national treasures...using solar power.
"You have no carbon dioxide, you have no fossil fuels that have to be dug up and processed, you have no nitrous oxide, you have no sulfur dioxide, you have no mercury. "
Melton says switching to solar would be good for the environment and add thousands of jobs to New Mexico’s rural economy through the entire development process.
"You have the job creation at the module level, at the inverter level — these are all large-scale manufacturing operations — at the integration level and then at the construction level. And then after that, the operation level."
The Interior Department is finalizing its plan for siting solar energy projects on public lands in six Western states. It has identified three study areas that encompass more than 100-thousand acres as potential solar energy zones in New Mexico.