welcomia / ThinkstockRusty’s RV Ranch, an RV campground in Southern New Mexico,
has converted all of its sites to solar power.
Albuquerque’s Consolidated Solar Technologies installed the 204 Conergy solar panels at Rusty’s. CST Spokeswoman Hollie Constant said the solar panels provide almost 100 percent of Rusty’s electricity, saving the company an estimated $12,000 a year in electricity bills. “It’s a rather large array, because the RV park itself uses a lot of power,” she said.
Rusty’s is located on 40 acres of land in the Chiricahua and Peloncillo Mountain area, near the Arizona border. The RV park specializes in stargazing and astronomy, which is made easier by the park’s remote location.
CST General Manager Tom Styer said in a statement that Rusty’s is exactly the kind of business that CST was established to serve.
“This project is another example of CST’s vision of economic independence and environmental stewardship, and we commend Rusty’s for their efforts,” Styer said. “It’s a great fit for a project, as Rusty’s focuses on astronomy — the stars — and they can now use energy provided by the sun, an energy-producing star.”