Grants and Bluewater solar

Affordable clean energy for CDEC in New Mexico

Key numbers


/7MWᴀᴄ capacity


metric tons of CO2 saved per year


fuel-burning cars taken off road (equivalent)


homes powered per year


local jobs created during construction

Current status

Site Selection & preliminary design

Stakeholder outreach

Permitting & environmental studies

Land management & biodiversity planning

Final engineering, financing & construction

Operation & maintenance

Decommissioning & recycling

The Continental Divide Electric Coop (CDEC), a not-for-profit, member-owned electric distribution co-op in New Mexico. CDEC provides service to about 24,130 meters throughout Cibola and parts of McKinley, Sandoval, Bernalillo and Valencia counties.

Lightsource bp and CDEC have a 20-year fixed-rate contract for clean, affordable, renewable electricity to power 1,700 homes in New Mexico. Under the agreement, Lightsource bp has financed, built, and is operating 9 megawatts of solar across two locations within CDEC’s service territory. CDEC purchases all the electricity under the 25-year power contract.

The solar farms, called Grants Solar and Bluewater Solar, support CDEC’s efforts to keep energy costs economical to its members, as well as embrace New Mexico’s renewable energy and carbon reduction goals. Commercial operation commenced in December 2019.

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Video of Grants & Bluewater Solar

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Bluewater solar in New Mexico

Introducing our new 9MW solar farm in Grants, New Mexico.

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