New Mexico

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) The largest electric provider in New Mexico has unveiled its latest solar array, a 50-megawatt facility that was built to power Facebook's Los Lunas Data Center with renewable energy. A virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Oct.

Efforts to expand railroad service in northwestern New Mexico have been bolstered by a $2 million federal grant. San Juan County was among hundreds of entities that applied for funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The county will receive $2 million to study the economic viability of a rail spur, and the design and construction.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Oil companies in the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico need millions of gallons of water to retrieve petroleum. At the same time, the city of Lubbock spends $1 million each year to dispose its treated wastewater at two city farms.

Easton Sales and Rentals, an earth-moving and heavy equipment rental firm in Albuquerque, N.M., recently was appointed as the LiuGong and Dressta equipment dealer for its market area. Easton Sales and Rental is a third-generation equipment dealer, with experience buying and selling all over the world.

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — The construction of a 30-ft. border wall marches on in the southern New Mexico desert — a real and symbolic barrier to entry. But where the U.S.-Mexico border wall ends, a tiny border crossing has won top architecture awards for its welcoming design.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Construction started this month on a new $60 million gas pipeline that officials say will provide northern New Mexico with more natural gas. The 35-mi. (56.3-km.) pipeline from Bernalillo to Santa Fe is expected to come online in December and increase supply for northern communities, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

The state with the highest percentage of high-hazard dams in the country — New Mexico — was recently awarded $100 million to help fix these troublesome barriers. The plan was approved last month amid an urgent call to upgrade facilities over fears of the loss of life in the event of a dam failure.

 Stellar Industries announced the addition of Curry Supply in Gilbert, Ariz., to its growing distribution network. Curry Supply has grown into a coast-to-coast operation with locations in Pennsylvania, Texas and now Arizona. Stellar is proud to partner with Curry Supply as they continue to grow as a leading truck equipment distributor in the United States, the company said.

Deutz Corporation announced two recent changes to its North American distributor network. Hamilton Engine of Portland, Ore., has been acquired by Palmer Johnson Power Systems of Sun Prairie, Wisc. The new company, now known as Hamilton Engine, a Palmer Johnson Company, will now cover not just the state of Oregon, but also the western half of Washington and Alaska.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) The construction industry is booming in New Mexico and economic development officials in the southeast corner of the state are expecting even more from the industry in 2020. The Associated General Contractors of America reports the state was ranked No.

More than 8,300 bidders participated online and in person Dec. 10 to 11, 2019, at Ritchie Bros.' multi-million-dollar unreserved public equipment auction in Fort Worth, Texas. With bidders from 62 countries, approximately 56 percent of the equipment in the auction was sold to out-of-state buyers, from as far away as Australia, China, and Egypt.