Deming – Some Luna County officials say alternative energy could be the future for the southern New Mexico area.
San Diego-based Sapphire Energy has already taken steps toward establishing a plant to produce fuel from algae.
Groundbreaking is expected later this year on the facility, which will bring 30 full-time jobs.
Luna County Commission Chairman Javier Diaz hopes the plant will lead to a ripple effect, with business showing increased interest in Luna County.
Commissioner Debra French says the area has sunshine, wind and geothermal capabilities.
County officials have had talks with solar energy development companies, but none has located in the area.
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