A pipeline to carry treated effluent from the wastewater treatment plant to the Buckman area near the Rio Grande could be just the ticket to ensure Santa Fe has water to serve future growth without adding demands for new water supplies.

"People are amazed when I drive them around to the neighborhoods and they see Santa Cruz, Ranchitos, La Mesilla or San Pedro. There are all these cute neighborhoods and old houses," says Beth Sultemeier, owner of Sultemeier Properties.

Only 4.56 percent of New Mexico's electricity comes from photovoltaic panels, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. Nevertheless, local interest is up.

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