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Renewable energy: New Mexico to build two solar power facilities

Renewable energy: New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson announced Wednesday that his state will be home to two new solar facilities.

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Renewable energy: Snow geese pass the setting sun in Bosque del Apache, New Mexico. The state will be home to two new solar facilities, Gov. Bill Richardson announced Wednesday.

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Two solar technology facilities are coming to Albuquerque and will be bringing with them at least 30 new jobs.

Gov. Bill Richardson made the announcement Wednesday that CFV Solar Test Laboratory and the Fraunhofer R&D Facility will begin operations at the Mesa del Sol development south of Albuquerque later this year.

Richardson and state economic development officials say they are hopeful the two green energy ventures will act as a magnet for other renewable energy companies.

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The CFV Solar Test Laboratory will test products for certification to North American and international photovoltaic standards.

The research facility will focus on the long-term reliability, reduced costs and increased performance of photovoltaic modules.

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