Array begins construction on $50 million solar manufacturing plant in New Mexico 

Array begins construction on $50 million solar manufacturing plant in New Mexico 

May 13, 2024
The project will be supported by the Inflation Reduction Act’s production tax credit, as well as $2.5 million in economic assistance from the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) job-creation fund.

Array Technologies has broken ground on a new 216,000-square-foot manufacturing campus in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. The company, which focuses on utility-scale solar tracking technology, will invest $50 million into the project, generating 100 new jobs in the process. The project will be supported by the Inflation Reduction Act’s production tax credit, as well as $2.5 million in economic assistance from the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) job-creation fund. Additionally, the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County will offer $250,000 each of LEDA funds and partial property-tax abatement through an Industrial Revenue Bond. 

What people are saying

In a recent quote, Kevin G. Hostetler, chief executive officer of Array Technologies, said, “Array’s new manufacturing facility will create good-paying jobs in New Mexico, strengthen the domestic solar supply chain, and ultimately help us achieve greater American energy independence. This is a perfect example of government entities working together at all levels to promote pro-growth policies that create American jobs and support local businesses. With federal action like the Inflation Reduction Act and the support of state and local officials, Array is proud to be at the forefront of the solar energy boom.” 

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm added, “If you imagine five to ten years from now, Array Technologies will be hiring more workers and other manufacturers are doing the same. As a result of these manufacturing facilities, Albuquerque is going to need more contractors to build housing, more service workers, healthcare professionals, and schools are going to become a magnet for young people looking for these future-facing, good-paying careers in clean energy. This is the future that President Biden sees for communities like Albuquerque and for communities across the country. Thank you so much to the whole Array workforce for being an example.” 

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About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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