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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in El Paso

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in El Paso, TX. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of El Paso's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in El Paso. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in El Paso, TX. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
Mediterranean Grocery El Paso, TX

So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in El Paso,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in El Paso, TX, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in El Paso, TX.

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Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

1.

Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.

4.

They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

5.

Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

6.

Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Vacant West El Paso restaurant now filled with trash, debris, and people

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – What once stood as a Weinerschnitzel and later, a Hamburger Stand fast food restaurant, is now a vacant shell, trashed with clothing, broken glass and even a bucket of human fecal matter.The vacant building is located at 2222 N Mesa St, and despite “No Trespassing” signs throughout the property, the building appears to have broken into and people can be seen seeking shelter in and near the building.Sofia Estrada, a UTEP stu...

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – What once stood as a Weinerschnitzel and later, a Hamburger Stand fast food restaurant, is now a vacant shell, trashed with clothing, broken glass and even a bucket of human fecal matter.

The vacant building is located at 2222 N Mesa St, and despite “No Trespassing” signs throughout the property, the building appears to have broken into and people can be seen seeking shelter in and near the building.

Sofia Estrada, a UTEP student, said she walks near the area daily on her way to class and sees groups of people occupying the building.

“I feel like it’s just a little disheartening and kind of sad to see that as soon as one place is available it’s immediately a shelter for people to say, it speaks more on the fact that there are more homeless in the area nowhere for them to go,” Estrada said.

A spokesperson with the City of El Paso said in general, it is the owner’s responsibility of a property to maintain a secure building, whether it’s by boarding the doors and windows, locking the doors and windows and placing signs.

With this specific property, the City said it needs some time to look into the specifics of the building.

The City can cite owners if they fail to secure their property and if people keep forcing their way in, the City can give them a window of time to resecure the building before the City will cite them.

Estrada said she would like to see the building turn into a different business. The building has been vacant for at least two years.

According to the El Paso Central Appraisal District website, the most recent owner is a company named Rutter A W JR & A W (TR).

A man who works across the street at Kinley’s House Coffee and Tea told KTSM he believes someone recently purchased the building as the leasing information is no longer available at the location.

KTSM has not been able to get ahold of the property owner.

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Elizabeth Dole Foundation Announces Nelida Lozoya-Lewis of El Paso, Texas as 2022 Dole Caregiver Fellow

As a Dole Caregiver Fellow, Lozoya-Lewis will serve as a leader, community organizer, and advocate for military caregivers in her state and nationwide. Fellows are trained by the Foundation and empowered to share their stories directly with national leaders in the White House, Congress, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and other government agencies, as well as decision makers in the business, entertainment, faith, and nonprofit communities. The Fellows guide the Foundation, its coalition partners, and government and community leaders on ...

As a Dole Caregiver Fellow, Lozoya-Lewis will serve as a leader, community organizer, and advocate for military caregivers in her state and nationwide. Fellows are trained by the Foundation and empowered to share their stories directly with national leaders in the White House, Congress, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and other government agencies, as well as decision makers in the business, entertainment, faith, and nonprofit communities. The Fellows guide the Foundation, its coalition partners, and government and community leaders on the most pressing issues concerning military caregivers and influence positive change on behalf of these hidden heroes.

“Our Fellows are the heart of our work and with the 11 Fellows in this year’s class, in the Foundation’s tenth year, we are adding to the diversity of voices representing America’s hidden heroes,” said Steve Schwab, CEO of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. “Through their advocacy and community organizing, these Fellows will call attention to the most urgent, emerging issues facing caregivers, as well as decades-old problems that demand our nation’s action.”

Lozoya-Lewis serves as a caregiver for her husband, Anthony, who sustained injuries as a result of his military service. Her story is linked here and pasted below.

Senator Elizabeth Dole created the Dole Caregiver Fellows program in 2012 to directly engage military and veteran caregivers in the Foundation’s mission. The 2022 class represents 11 states and includes a wife who started her caregiving journey in the active duty healthcare system; a mother caring for her son after an off-duty accident left him paralyzed; and a spouse whose partner was injured during their military service and is now caring for him during his gender transition process.

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El Paso family struggles to find baby formula for premature newborn

EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — A nationwide shortage of baby formula is impacting families in Borderland.KFOX14 Reporter Nasya Mancini followed a family that went to multiple stores in El Paso in search of baby formula.The shelves at Target, Sam's Club, Walgreens, and CVS were nearly empty."Devastated, I don’t know what to do. I was crying right now in Target," said Ana, who was searching for a specific kind of baby formula for her premature newborn.Ana and her husband prayed that they would find ...

EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — A nationwide shortage of baby formula is impacting families in Borderland.

KFOX14 Reporter Nasya Mancini followed a family that went to multiple stores in El Paso in search of baby formula.

The shelves at Target, Sam's Club, Walgreens, and CVS were nearly empty.

"Devastated, I don’t know what to do. I was crying right now in Target," said Ana, who was searching for a specific kind of baby formula for her premature newborn.

Ana and her husband prayed that they would find formula for their son Silas who was born at 23 weeks at 2 pounds.

“When he got out of the hospital in April there was already a shortage of supply at stores, it was super hard for us to find it,” said Ana.

Ana said they are down to the last scoop of formula, which they say will only last until the morning.

“Literally our plan today was to get out and go to every store before my husband has to go to work today,” said Ana.

Ana and her husband said they were heartbroken staring at the empty shelves.

The same words uttered out of Gio’s mouth at each store they stopped at.

“No, they don’t have it's all empty,” said Gio, Ana's husband.

They called their pediatrician to ask what to do if they didn’t find the formula they need.

Ana and Gio were told to find an alternative formula.

But, that alternative was also sold out at stores they visited.

Ana and Gio thought they had found the formula at Walgreens because the store said it was in stock online. However, when they got there, it was not available.

“But what am I gonna do?,” said Ana.

They decided to buy any formula they could get their hands on, even if it wasn’t for a premature baby.

Reporter Nasya Mancini: "Are you worried that’s gonna make him sick?”

Ana: “I am worried on how he is going to take to it."

The family said that even though this whole day and process has been mentally draining, they are going to continue to do it every day until they can find what they need.

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Spring Commencement to Celebrate Largest Graduating Class in UTEP History

The Commencement ceremonies will take place Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15. Each ceremony will recognize bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral graduates and candidates from each college, following the detailed schedule below.2022 Spring Commencement CeremoniesSaturday, May 14, 20221 p.m.: College of Health Sciences, Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy6 p.m.: College of Engineering and College of ScienceSunday, May 15, 20221 p.m.: College of Liberal A...

The Commencement ceremonies will take place Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15. Each ceremony will recognize bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral graduates and candidates from each college, following the detailed schedule below.

2022 Spring Commencement Ceremonies

Saturday, May 14, 2022

1 p.m.: College of Health Sciences, Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy

6 p.m.: College of Engineering and College of Science

Sunday, May 15, 2022

1 p.m.: College of Liberal Arts

6 p.m.: College of Business Administration and College of Education

Admission tickets are not required. Entrance into the arena is allowed one hour before each ceremony. All four Commencements will be livestreamed at www.utep.edu/commencement.

Guest parking is located in the perimeter lots off Sun Bowl Drive and Glory Road, including GR1, GR2, SB7 and the Glory Road Parking Garage — GR6.

ADA guest parking is available in the SB8 and ME1 lots located on Sun Bowl Drive. The Glory Road Parking Garage is accessible for individuals with disabilities and is equipped with an elevator. All family members and guests with mobility impairments will need to access the facility through the east (Mesa Street), north (Sun Bowl Drive) and west (Glory Road) entrances. A parking map can be found here.

Hand-sanitizer dispensers will be available in the Don Haskins Center.

Special Lightings

The “Mining Minds” pickaxe sculpture located at the Sun Bowl-University Roundabout will be illuminated in blue and orange from Wednesday evening, May 11, through Sunday evening, May 15, to commemorate UTEP’s Class of 2022.

“Mining Minds” is an iconic piece of public art installed in 2010 to enhance the UTEP campus. At night, orange lights brighten the steel structure while light from LEDs emanate from the perforated “ones” and “zeroes” at each end of the pick. The University illuminates the pick in blue and orange on special occasions such as historic dates, major annual milestones and celebrations of special accomplishments.

Learn more about “Mining Minds” at www.utep.edu/miningminds.

The “M” on the mountain across from Sun Bowl Stadium will also be lit in recognition of the achievements of this semester’s graduates on Saturday evening, May 14, and Sunday evening, May 15.

Additionally, One San Jacinto Plaza (formerly the Chase Building) and the WestStar Tower downtown will also be lit in UTEP colors from Friday evening, May 13, through Sunday evening, May 15, to honor graduates.

For the latest Commencement updates, visit utep.edu/commencement.

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Sun City solar power: What you need to know about converting all that sunshine into electricity

As El Pasoans brace for higher electric bills, some are looking at solar as a smart investment.With temperatures rising — and El Paso Electric seeking a 13.4% residential rate increase — solar professionals say saving money is the most common reason homeowners go solar. Some El Pasoan...

As El Pasoans brace for higher electric bills, some are looking at solar as a smart investment.

With temperatures rising — and El Paso Electric seeking a 13.4% residential rate increase — solar professionals say saving money is the most common reason homeowners go solar. Some El Pasoans have installed solar panels on their homes to take advantage of the region's abundant sunshine.

Are you solar curious and wondering how to make the switch? Have you gotten a quote and are undecided? Solar professionals share how to determine whether solar is a good fit for you and how to compare quotes.

"We are either going to rent our energy for the rest of our lives from the utility or go solar and own it," said Shelby Ruff, board president of the non-profit Eco El Paso and former owner of a solar company. "I'm a big fan of taking my energy independence into my own hands."

How solar power can save you money

El Paso has some of the best solar potential in the United States.

"As you go west towards El Paso, the solar radiance gets stronger and stronger, which means more watts produced for every solar panel," Ruff said. "So the exact same system in Austin that costs the exact same price, in El Paso it will make 15% to 20% more electricity."

According to Environment America, by the end of 2021 El Paso had 70.4 MW of installed solar capacity. That was nearly double the installed capacity four years earlier in 2017, at 37 MW.

Professionals say many homeowners look at solar as an investment that will pay off over time.

"When you decide to install a solar system, you are offsetting your electric bill with this monthly payment for the solar," said Gad Ronat, owner of El Paso-based Solar Solutions. "It's become really affordable."

Unlike fluctuating energy prices from a utility, once you buy solar panels, the price is locked in. Solar professionals say it is a popular choice for people nearing retirement or living on a fixed income.

"If you add up how much you're going to pay in 20, 25 years towards your electric bills, it will be more than what you will pay to get solar," said Roberto Madin of Solar Solutions.

The federal government offers a 26% residential solar energy tax credit. That means if you have taxable income, you can claim a portion of the cost of your solar installation as a tax credit. Reach out to a tax professional to ensure you qualify for the credit before signing a solar installation contract.

According to Energy Sage, average quotes for a 5 kilowatts solar installation in El Paso for customer using the website ranges in cost from $11,942 to $16,158 with a payback period of 11.5 years.

Eco El Paso's Ruff said even a small solar system can lead to savings.

"As long as your bills are over $30, everyone can go solar, because you have some amounts of energy that you can save on," Ruff said. "Even if it's only five solar panels on your roof versus your neighbor that might have 25 or 30."

Sam Silerio, owner of Sunshine City Solar, said homes with solar panels sell at a higher value. Ruff, who has worked with housing developers to install solar, agreed that solar houses are in high demand.

Worried about property taxes? You won't see an increase because Texas code exempts solar panels from property tax appraisals.

Crunch the numbers before going all in on solar panels

Solar professionals recommend getting at least three quotes before signing a contract. Here's what to expect while getting solar quotes:

First, installers will determine if your property is a good candidate for panels. Solar providers will use Google Earth and satellite images of your home and see whether the roof is south-facing and receives enough sunlight. Energy Sage can also offer an initial assessment of your home's viability.

Then the company will determine how many panels you will need to install. The installer will ask for your average electricity usage, based on your recent electricity bills.

Silerio said making your home as energy efficient as possible before installing solar will help you save more money.

"If you can make a tight airship with your home, you might have reduced your solar system size from 12 panels to eight panels," he said.

If your roof is due for a replacement, you're better off making that investment before getting solar, because it could cost more down the line if you already have panels.

When comparing quotes, ask the company what components they are using and how long their warranty lasts. Other factors to consider are installation costs and what options the company offers to service and repair the solar panels.

"If you get multiple quotes the first metric you should look at is the price per watt," Silerio said. "Then you can get the real apples to apples comparison."

Installers offer financing packages but Silerio also recommended reaching out to your bank or other lending institution to explore options.

Ronat said the market has grown significantly since founding his company in 2006. He recommended seeking out companies with fulltime staff in El Paso and a track record of successful installations.

Another option is to join the Solar United Neighbors El Paso cooperative, where homeowners will buy solar panels as a group for reduced costs.

More:On the fence about solar? New cooperative launches to help El Pasoans make the transition

Avoid common connection problems

Once you decide to go solar, you or your solar installer will submit an interconnection application with El Paso Electric. The utility recommends waiting to install the system until the application is approved. Some customers will need to make improvements such as transformer upgrades and meter relocations.

"Like any other investment, customers should take their time to research the best product available and understand the process they will need to follow," El Paso Electric spokesperson Javier Camacho said.

Camacho said some customers experience delays getting their solar system energized because of errors in applications, incorrect contact information and a lack of communication with the utility.

"Communication between El Paso Electric and the customer is integral throughout the installation process, without it can cause delay and/or rejections," he said.

More:How solar is the Sun City? El Paso trails southwest cities in solar power, ranks second in Texas

El Paso Electric charges $30 minimum bill

Residential solar users in El Paso typically stay connected to the electric grid. Going completely off-grid requires installing expensive battery systems that are generally not cost-effective in urban settings.

But staying on the grid, and having access to electricity when your panels are not generating, comes at a price. All Texas customers with El Paso Electric must pay a $30 minimum bill. The rule does not apply to New Mexico residents.

This means if you currently pay less than $30 a month for electricity, going solar is unlikely to be cost effective.

Eco El Paso's Shelby Ruff said companies should size systems so customers will still generate a $30 minimum bill. Installing a system that will cover 100% of your electricity needs will incur unnecessary costs.

"If you get down to net zero and have no electric bill, the utility will still send you a $30 bill every month," Ruff said. "You just spent a ton of money extra on producing energy that you're going to now turn around and give to the utility for free."

"Utilities like Austin or San Antonio, and utilities all across Texas that are public and private, are promoting solar," Ruff said. "But that fee is the big rub in El Paso."

El Paso Electric defended the minimum bill.

"Everyone using the grid to deliver or receive energy and using the installed generation capacity to ensure reliability should contribute to the cost to build and maintain this critical infrastructure and perform functions like billing, metering, and customer service," Camacho said.

Ruff, on the other hand, pointed out solar homes help stabilize the grid during peak demand and reduce the need for the utility to build new power plants, saving both the company and ratepayers money.

Residential solar is just one piece of the puzzle

Installing solar isn't an option for everybody: maybe you rent your home, or you don't qualify for financing to pay off solar panels. Maybe your bills are low enough that paying for solar panels isn't economical.

El Paso Electric owns utility-scale solar operations and offers a Community Solar program, where ratepayers can pay for power from the utility's solar installations. The program is currently fully enrolled but customers can sign up to join the waitlist.

Shelby Ruff of Eco El Paso said El Paso Electric should invest in more utility-scale solar so al El Pasoans can benefit from the technology.

"Solar works, batteries work, and now the price is competitive," Ruff said. "It's a no brainer for a city like El Paso where the sun is so rich."

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