By New Mexico Business Weekly

The Village of Corrales will get a solar photovoltaic system to provide backup electric power to pump water to fire trucks and provide emergency communication.

Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-NM, USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner and USDA RD Housing and Community Facilities Program Administrator Tammye Treviño will attend a ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday at Corrales⿿ Village Hall pledging a $1.4 million federal loan to pay for the construction of the system.

Corrales does not have piped water or hydrants for fighting fires in the village. Its existing fire suppression facilities rely on tanker trucks, which are filled at municipal water tanks that rely on electricity from the Public Service Co. of New Mexico.

The solar electric power units will provide critical backup if there is a major power failure. The supplemental power supply will also ensure backup for critical government, police and fire communications.

Five water tanks and Corralesâ¿¿ emergency center will be outfitted with the solar photovoltaic system.

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