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There has never been a better time to upgrade your exterior lighting with energy-efficient LEDs. As a participating PNM QuickSaver™ contractor, we’re now offering higher rebates for LED retrofits on exterior lighting. This is deal will last for a limited time only.

PNM encourages small businesses to retrofit their existing lighting to energy efficient fixtures, ballasts, and lamps through their QuickSaver™ program. Learn more here: PNM QuickSaver™.

2015 named as the International Year of Light

iyl2015On 20 December 2013, The United Nations (UN) General Assembly 68th Session proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015).

Why is this important? By making the proclamation that 2015 will be recognized as the International Year of Light, the United Nations has essentially recognized the importance of raising world-wide awareness of the role of light-based technologies in sustainable development.

New approaches to lighting can provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Light plays a vital role in our daily lives, and light science cross-cuts almost every scientific discipline in the 21st century.

The activities of IYL 2015 will be structured around four broad thematic subject areas containing elements of sustainability, education and history:

  • Science of Light
  • Light Technology
  • Light in Nature
  • Light and Culture

Read more in this message from the President of the European Physical Society that explains more about each theme.

IYL 2015 will bring together many stakeholders including UNESCO, scientific societies and unions, educational and research institutions, technology platforms, non-profit organizations and private sector professionals to promote and celebrate the significance of light and its applications during 2015.

Read more and become involved with activities in your area through the official IYL 2015 Blog. You can also read the full UN Resolution here.

Photo credits: Robert Gutmann, Timo Frey, Natascha Micieli – University of Applied Sciences Offenburg

Have You Seen Downtown ABQ’s New Color-Changing LEDs? [VIDEO]

Chris Olson, Vice President of Generation at PNM, cutting the ribbon to kick-off the lighting of downtown Albuquerque’s new color-changing LEDs (Photo: Laurie Dudasik)
Chris Olson, Vice President of Generation at PNM, cutting the ribbon to kick-off the lighting of downtown Albuquerque’s new color-changing LEDs (Photo: Laurie Dudasik)


In an effort to help revitalize the culture and excitement in downtown Albuquerque, new energy-efficient LEDs are now lighting up Central Avenue from 3rd through 5th St.

On the night of Friday, June 6, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the Route-66 crossroads at 4th and Central. Many were in attendance, including representatives from the City of Albuquerque, PNMand the non-profit group DowntownABQ Mainstreet.

The goal of the project was to illuminate downtown with color-changing lights while celebrating the historic Route-66 legacy. The LED lighting designs are part of a group initiative by Downtown ABQ Mainstreet and PNM to bridge the iconic symbolism of our past (historic downtown) with the future and all of its possibilities (like new energy-efficient LED technologies).


It was important to the team that the lights change color to match the other designs that utilize color-changing lights like those along Central and the railroad tracks, along the Big-I, Nob-Hill and more.

“We really wanted the lights to change color for the holidays, too,” said Mary Collins, President of Downtown Albuquerque Mainstreet and Director of Strategic Initiatives within the Marketing and Communications Department of the Public Policy Group at PNM.

PNM provided $122,000 to mainstreet projects across the state of New Mexico to help merge energy-efficiency with preservation, while attempting to revitalize main street areas for increased economic improvements.


“These are actually LEDs, so they’re super cool – pun intended” – Gary Oppedahl, Director of Economic Development for the City of Albuquerque

DowntownABQ Mainstreet hopes that they can raise enough funding to fully complete the LEDs along Central Avenue and extend them from 1st through 8th street before August – just in time forDowntown Summer Fest.

If you would like to learn more about Downtown Albuquerque Mainstreet or become involved with their revitalization initiative, I encourage you to check out their website and get active!
Also, be sure to check out to learn about the ways that PNM is helping to shape New Mexico into a modern energy-efficient economy.