Photo album: Eagle Nest solar array brings clean energy to valley

Kit Carson and Guzman Energy partnership working toward generating 100 Percent of daytime energy via solar by 2022

It was a sunny day Wednesday (July 25) as representatives from Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) and Guzman Energy, alongside partners ParaSol and Syncarpha, cut the ribbon at a newly constructed solar array next to Eagle Nest Lake.

A gossamer ribbon that reflected sunlight was perfect for the Eagle Nest Solar Array ribbon cutting Wednesday (July 25) in Eagle Nest. Pictured left to right: Ambrose Mascareñas Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees (hat, no glasses), Cristobal Duran, KCEC Board of Trustees (blue shirt and jeans, no hat), Bob Bresnahan, KCEC Board of Trustees (hat, glasses), Luis A. Reyes, KCEC CEO (grey jacket, hands on scissors), Art Rodarte, KCEC Board of Trustees (behind Luis Reyes), Bobby Ortega, KCEC Board of Trustees (brown jacket, hat, sunglasses), John Stanfield, land owner on which array is built (big white beard), Bruce Jassmann, KCEC Board of Trustees (white shirt, behind John Stanfield), Richard Cordova, Mayor of Eagle Nest (hands on scissors, tall, glasses), Luisa Valero-Mylet, KCEC Board of Trustees (purse), Daniel Weinman, Parasol Principle/PPC Solar President & CEO (black hat, sunglasses), Jeff Heit, Guzman Energy Managing Director (glasses, white shirt, blue coat), Zacarias Johnson, Parasol Principle/Sol Luna Solar Owner/Project Manager (with child), Mark Johnson, Parasol Principle/Sol Luna Solar Owner/VP (blue shirt, grey cap) and Jason Mansilla, VP Syncarpha Capital (red shirt). (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)

Built during a three-month period, the 1 megawatt (MW) array features more than 4000 panels, which are capable of serving nearly 2000 KCEC members in Eagle Nest and the Moreno Valley. The array began testing in late July in advance of a planned commercial operation date of Aug. 13.

“Today is a great day for Kit Carson members and for northern New Mexico,” said KCEC CEO Luis Reyes. “With this brand-new array that will serve upwards of 2000 members, we move yet another step closer to our goal of generating 100 percent of our daytime energy via solar by the year 2022.”

In February 2017, Kit Carson and Guzman Energy announced an exclusive partnership to provide the Northern New Mexico counties of Taos, Colfax and Rio Arriba with solar energy dependence. In addition to removing cap limits on renewable energy sourced as dictated by the previous provider, the Guzman Energy partnership is expected to save 30,000 Kit Carson members $50 million to $70 million during a 10-year period.

The Eagle Nest array comes on the heels of this spring’s construction of a four-megawatt solar array at the Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant, which will provide an estimated 45 percent of daytime solar energy electricity to approximately 1500 Kit Carson homes.

“We’re proud to be here today in continuing to progress toward an environmentally friendly energy transition for Northern New Mexico,” said Guzman Energy President Chris Riley. “As exhibited by our array construction this spring at the Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant and now here at Eagle Nest, we are committed to meeting KCEC members’ desire to move towards renewable energy and make Kit Carson communities more competitive.”

“All of us residing here in Eagle Nest are ecstatic to be a part of this revolutionary change,” said Eagle Nest Mayor Richard Cordova. “It’s a giant step towards delivering clean, dependable and affordable energy to our community. We’re grateful to Kit Carson, Guzman Energy, ParaSol and Syncarpha.”

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Board President Bobby Ortega of Questa introduced speakers at the program. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller Goins)
The crew whose hard work made the array possible (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
The crew whose hard work made the array possible (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
The crew whose hard work made the array possible (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Eagle Nest Mayor Richard Cordova (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller Goins)
Property owner John Stanfield was given enormous credit for pursuing the project. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Jeff Heit, Guzman Energy Managing Director (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller Goins)
Jason Mansilla, vice president of Syncarpha Capital (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller Goins)
Mark Johnson, Parasol Principal/Sol Luna Solar Owner/VP (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Bruce Jassmann, KCEC Board of Trustees Treasurer and District 5 representative for the Moreno Valley with KCEC Board of Trustees President Bobby Ortega (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Luis A. Reyes, KCEC CEO (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
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Colfax County Commissioner Landon Newton (center) of springer represents the Moreno Valley. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
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About Kit Carson

Formed in 1944, Kit Carson is a member owned electric distribution cooperative in northern New Mexico and is the second largest cooperative in the state. Kit Carson is one of 12 electric cooperatives that serve rural New Mexico communities, serving nearly 30,000 members in Taos, Colfax and Rio Arriba counties. To learn more about Kit Carson, visit

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About Guzman Energy

Guzman Energy is a wholesale energy company that supplies and trades power across North America. We are a new kind of power company—one that customizes energy solutions via trading expertise and sophisticated quantitative modeling. We enable customers—principally rural electric cooperatives and municipal power companies—to achieve lower rates and price-stability from renewable, sustainable energy. Headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida, and Denver, Colorado, Guzman Energy has unique expertise in serving customers in the bilateral power markets of the western United States and conducts its business through two practice areas: Energy & Environmental Trading and Energy Hedging & Risk Management. To learn more, visit

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