A co-op leaves its power provider, whose reliance on coal kept prices too high.

In a dramatic move last year, the Taos-based Kit Carson Electric Cooperative ended its long-term wholesale electricity contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.

Now, Kit Carson and its new electricity supplier, Guzman Renewable Energy Partners, have announced a plan to build 30 megawatts of solar arrays with the groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for this May. When the project is completed in 2022, locally generated solar energy will supply around 30 percent of Kit Carson’s total electricity demand, and provide 100 percent of its needs during daylight hours on sunny days. Solar production will exceed electricity demand during peak hours, so land is also being set aside for battery storage in 2020 or 2021.