Albuquerque City Council delays solar power decision by two weeks

The Albuquerque City Council has announced its decision to delay a decision on a proposal to ensure that the New Mexico's largest city gets around a quarter of its electricity from solar sources by the year 2025, by two weeks.

The city council is being urged to join a host of cities in the US and Canada as well as in Europe in pledging that they will get more of their electricity from renewable resources. The movement to set goals for generating more renewable electricity has already spread across the US as well as other countries.

The city council voted on Monday to defer the decision by another two weeks on a resolution that requires the city to source at least 25 percent of the electricity used by city facilities from solar by 2025. Some councillors in the largest city in the state are concerned that the proposal would lock the city into achieving a goal before determining how the effort will impact the city's finances.

The proposal is in line with the city's ranking for overall solar installations as well as the state location that ensures that it gets 300-plus days of sunshine. The threat of fires, droughts, floods, and other extreme weather due to climate change has also moved the opinion in favour of renewable energy.

Councilor Pat Davis said, "With the cost of solar coming down every day, we don't know what the best strategy for us is. But the city owns a lot of acreage of rooftops and we own a lot of open space. Usually acquiring the real estate is the biggest hurdle to getting into this game so it looks like we're going to be ahead when it comes to that."

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