Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima moved to Las Cruces when he was eight years old. In 1992, he made history as New Mexico’s first American of Japanese descent elected to public office as when he won his race for Doña Ana County Commissioner. While serving as a commissioner, Ken made great strides in many areas, notably exploring opportunities for the county to benefit from New Mexico’s growing new renewable energy sector.
Ken was elected Mayor of Las Cruces in 2007 and continued his work promoting renewable energy at the city level. Las Cruces has taken significant steps to combat climate change. The city has established a Sustainability Office, a Green Chamber of Commerce, and implemented a multitude of initiatives ranging from retrofitting government buildings with solar panels to move toward electrification of city vehicles in the very near future.
Forward-thinking policies from Ken and other New Mexico leaders have helped to establish Las Cruces and the entire state as a hub for renewable energy development. Las Cruces established its Centennial Solar Farm in May of 2012, creating permanent jobs and economic opportunity for the Las Cruces community. Just this 140-acre farm generates enough electricity to power 4,000 homes, and there are more Las Cruces renewable projects on the way. As Las Cruces works toward their renewable energy goals, jobs and economic opportunity for the local community will follow.