New Mexico is officially known as the “Land of Enchantment.” However, before 1941, the state’s license plates declared New Mexico “the Sunshine State.” It’s the third sunniest state in the U.S., behind Arizona and Nevada. With that abundant sunshine, it’s no wonder that the people of Taos County (pop. 33,035), in northern New Mexico, want to use more solar energy.

In 2009, the Town of Taos received a stimulus grant from the federal government for five renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. One of the projects was to perform a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the region.