Tri-State member Kit Carson Electric Cooperative(Taos, N.M.) will soon be able to offer broadband Internet access to all of its 22,000 consumers, thanks, in large part, to a $63 million grant and loan package from the Rural Utilities Service. The project will be used as a smart grid platform.
Jonathan Adelstein, administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utility Service, made the announcement yesterday, noting that this northern New Mexico co-op has long been a leader in providing the latest technology to its members. Additionally, he praised the co-op’s general manager, Luis Reyes for his leadership.
Kit Carson Electric has also commissioned a number of commercial-scale solar projects throughout the communities that it serves, including the University of New Mexico’s Taos campus and rooftop parking lot solar array at its headquarters facilities.