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Army dedicates largest solar array at WSMR

The  Associated Press reports the U.S. Army dedicated its largest solar energy-producing system last week at White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico.

According a report excerpted from The Santa Fe New Mexican, The $16.8-million array includes nearly 15,500 sun-tracking solar panels spread across 42 acres, according to the report. It will be capable of producing 10 million kilowatt-hours of electricity each year — enough to meet about 10 percent of the need of the missile range.

Federal law currently requires at least 7.5 percent of an installation’s total electricity consumption to include energy produced by renewable resources. The Defense Department More >

Learn the Basics of Gardening in Santa Fe

Santa Fe Master Gardener Association again offers its popular Gardening 101: The Basics of Gardening in Santa Fe, a full day course in gardening essentials, on Saturday, March 16 from 9 am to 3:30 pm.

The course is designed to give new or new-to-Santa Fe gardeners a primer of gardening knowledge that will help them deal with the special challenges of gardening in the area. Teaching the class are long-time, local gardening experts Tracy Neal and Jannine Cabossel. Topics covered include:

Garden planning and plant selection  that take local soil types, regional climate patterns and microclimate  into consideration to improve chances of More >