Nautilus Solar and Sparq Bring More Solar to Lordsburg, New Mexico


Sparq, Nautilus Solar, and the City of Lordsburg announce a new project to bring solar to the New Mexico city. The 1.5 MW solar energy project is expected to go online late this summer to power the waste water treatment plant, well pumping station, fluoride plant, city hall, and fire station.


New Mexico has had its ups and downs with solar. But no doubt remains that the state has plentiful solar resources, and it’s considered one of the best states for harnessing the power of the sun.


The City of Lordsburg, New Mexico seems to agree. Today, Sparq, Inc., a renewable energy developer for commercial, utilities, government, and municipalities based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC, an independent solar power producer headquartered in Summit, New Jersey, announced an agreement with Lordsburg to supply solar energy to the city.


The 1.5 MW solar energy project will be made up of rooftop and ground-mount solar installations for behind-the-meter applications at the city’s waste water treatment plant, well pumping station, fluoride plant, city hall, and fire station. The systems are expected to go online late in the summer of 2014.


“Working with Sparq as the developer and Nautilus Solar as the owner/operator is an incredibly beneficial partnership for the City of Lordsburg. With no upfront investment required, it made sense for us from a financial and environmental standpoint considering the reduction in our energy costs that the project provided. All around, this project will improve the quality of life in our community,” said City of Lordsburg Mayor Frank Rodriguez.


The solar power system is expected to reduce The City of Lordsburg’s energy costs by $3.6 million over the 20-year term.


“We applaud the Mayor and the City Council of Lordsburg for their vision and commitment to the solar project which will provide long term environmental and economic benefits to its citizens,” said Nautilus CEO Jim Rice.


“The project will improve the air quality in the City of Lordsburg, while creating green construction jobs in the region. We are committed to developing similar projects in the rural areas of Arizona and New Mexico,” said Don Rodriguez, CEO of Sparq, Inc.