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October 19 at 10 a.m.: Commissioner Garcia Richard to Dedicate Chevron Solar Array on State Trust Land


SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard will tour the construction site of a new solar array on 133 acres of state trust land in Eddy County. Chevron Corporation won the bid to lease the 362-acre parcel in January 2022 and subsequently issued a sublease to Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. to construct 56,000 solar panels to serve Chevron’s electric load in the region. The project is expected to generate about 20 megawatts of power and generate about $7 million for New Mexico’s public schools.

WHAT: Tour of Chevron solar array construction site in Eddy County

WHO: New Mexico State Land Office, Chevron Corporation, Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp., Local Officials

WHEN: Wednesday, October 19, at 10 a.m.


10 a.m.:

Arrivals, safety briefing, presentation, tour overview

11 a.m.:

Travel by bus to the solar farm site

11:45 a.m.:

Executive remarks, solar farm tour, lunch

1:15 p.m.:

Return trip to Carlsbad office


WHERE: Meet at 5301 Lomas Street, Carlsbad, NM 88220, at 10 a.m. for transportation to the solar farm.

RECOMMENDED: Flat, comfortable, closed-toe shoes. Additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided on-site.


Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard has overseen the New Mexico State Land Office since 2019. In that time the agency has raised more than $5 billion for New Mexico public schools, hospitals, and universities. Over 13 million acres of state trust land are leased for a variety of uses, including ranching and farming, renewable energy, business development, mineral development, and outdoor recreation. The State Land Office has a dual mandate to use state trust land to financially support vital public institutions, while simultaneously working to protect the land for future generations.