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Presenting the 11th Annual

Solar Fiesta!

September 11-12, 2010, 10am - 5pm

Menaul School in Albuquerque


Solar Fiesta Workshop Descriptions and Presenters


Basics of Wind Energy Terms and Technology

Sunday, 2:15pm - 3:15pm - Astro
Speaker: Mark A. Rumsey


Have you ever wondered if you have the right wind conditions to put in a wind turbine? Whats the difference between the small and large wind turbines? How big of a wind turbine should I put in? After this workshop presentation you should be able to answer those questions and many more. Topics to be discussed are: wind resource assessment and turbine siting; wind turbine types, parts, characteristics and sizing; and a few words on storage versus grid-tied, maintenance, vendors and costs. Reference material will be provided.

Mark Rumsey has been involved in wind energy technology research and development for over 24 years at Sandia National Laboratories. He works with other technicians and engineers researching and developing the next generation of utility-size wind turbines.

Clean Energy & Climate Protection with Local Policy

Saturday, 10:30am - 11:30am - Driftwood
Speaker: Shrayas Jatkar and Members of the


We will explore how existing and proposed city policies can and do, build a clean energy economy in Albuquerque. Speakers will describe relevant city policies and programs highlighting the City of Albuquerque Climate Action Plan. A plan which guides city officials to advance clean energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions, among other things. Representatives of the ABQ Climate Coalition will introduce the group's mission, policy priorities, as well as organizing tactics. Attendees will be given the opportunity to volunteer and/or become a member of the ABQ Climate Coalition.

Shrayas Jatkar is an organizer with the Sierra Club in New Mexico, working on local clean energy campaigns as well as national clean energy and climate change policy. He is a founding member and currently serves on the Steering Committee of the ABQ Climate Coalition. The Albuquerque Climate Action Coalition includes the Sierra Club along with about a dozen other environmental and public interest organizations.

Community Solar Gardens

Saturday, 2:15pm - 3:15pm - Energy
Speaker: Joy Hughes


What if everyone could own their own solar electric system, even those with a shaded or historic roof, or those who rent? By subscribing to a community solar garden, each person receives clean energy through the grid from a group facility near their home. Colorado's Community Solar Gardens Act became law this year, and sunny New Mexico could host a similar program. Kit Carson electric has begun its own community solar program.

Joy Hughes is the founder of the Solar Gardens Institute, dedicated to community based energy development. After going through the start-up process in Silicon Valley five times, Joy is now CEO of the Colorado-based Solar Panel Hosting Company- developing locally based renewables everywhere. http://www.solargardens.org

Cooking with Sunlight Basics

Sunday, 2:15pm - 3:15pm - Cobalt
Speaker: Rose Marie Kern


There is no way to top solar cooked food for a delicious and healthy meal. This presentation begins indoors with a slide show on how to tune into nature and the sun's angles and shows types of sun ovens that you can build or buy. We then move outdoors to look at the ovens in use and taste some really fabulous recipes!

Rose Marie Kern has been cooking in solar ovens for over 17 years and is the author of "The Solar Chef". Currently in its 7th edition, "The Solar Chef" is the most popular recipe book for solar cooking in the nation.

Designing and Building a Passive Solar Home

Saturday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Cobalt
Speaker: Mark M. Feldman


This workshop will be a presentation of tried and true residential passive solar design. Learn how to get enough sun without overheating a building. Work with nature instead of fighting natural energy flows.

Mark M. Feldman has designed and built 300 passive solar homes in his 35 year career in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona. He has lived in his own passive solar home in Albuquerque since 1976. He earned a Master of Architecture degree from UNM in 1980 and got his contractors license in the same year. See his work at www.markmfeldman.com,

Do-It-Yourself Passive Solar

Sunday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Cobalt
Speaker: Amanda Bramble


See examples of passive solar design put to use with salvaged materials and homemade ingenuity. You can upgrade the abundance of a simple and conscious lifestyle by using sunlight to free yourself from fossil fuel use. These simple technologies make use of glazing, thermal mass and insulation to provide the comforts of hot water, cooked food, and warm spaces in the winter. Learn to make best use of our abundant sunlight while tinkering in your backyard.

Amanda Bramble is the Co-founder and Director of Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center. She is a Permaculturist and educator who has been using and experimenting with passive solar technologies for the past 15 years.

Electric Vehicle 4 You

Saturday, 2:15pm - 3:15pm - Driftwood
Speaker: Monte Ogdahl & Paul Lusk


This workshop will be an overview of electrical vehicles (EV's), Hybrids, Plug-in Hybrids, and pure EV's. Monte will touch on some of the latest technology in batteries, controllers and motors that now make the EV practical for range and speed, and what will be offered in the EV conversion classes. There will also be EV's available for viewing.

Monte's experience ranges from Navy electronics to civilian tech and R&D engineering. He was AEE FCC, California licensed as a general contractor with solar & electrical supplemental in 1981. He has developed curriculum and taught accredited beginning to advanced electronics and solar classes. He is currently serving as president for NMSEA and been a board member and active educator for solar in NM for the past 15 years. Having researched and assisted in a few electric conversions (cars) since 1995, he currently owns an EV that he is modifying to accommodate Lithium batteries.

Energy Independence for Your Home or Business - A Guide to Reduce Your Utility Bill

Sunday, 11:45am - 1:15pm - Energy
Speaker: Randy Sadewic & Dalinda Banger


The first step toward a renewable energy economy is energy efficiency. Learn energy basics, tools to identify savings and practical approaches to save up to 50% of your bill. Learn about home energy monitoring systems. This course focuses on simple, practical solutions to saving money and reducing your carbon footprint.

Randy co-owns Positive Energy, a solar electric company and teaches energy efficiency and performs electric energy efficiency audits. Dalinda Bangert is a HERS rater and performs energy audits and ratings for homes in addition to teaching energy efficiency.

Energy Independence for Your Home or Business - A Guide to Reduce Your Utility Bill

Sunday, 11:45am - 1:15pm - Energy
Speaker: Dee Bangert


The first step toward a renewable energy economy is energy efficiency. Learn energy basics, tools to identify savings and practical approaches to save up to 50% of your bill. Learn about home energy monitoring systems. This course focuses on simple, practical solutions to saving money and reducing your carbon footprint.

Randy co-owns Positive Energy, a solar electric company and teaches energy efficiency and performs electric energy efficiency audits. Dalinda Bangert is a HERS rater and performs energy audits and ratings for homes in addition to teaching energy efficiency.

Energy Literacy: Understanding Numbers That Matter so You Can Take Actions That Matter

Saturday, 10:30am-11:30am - Astro
Speaker: Alan Zelicoff


The quantity of energy we use -- as individuals and as a society -- is enormous, yet few people know where all of those kilowatt-hours and therms go. They have little idea where to make changes that matter to the energy bill bottom-line or to the environment. Alan will use real-world examples (and some not-too-unpleasant math) to help us understand our own energy use and where easy and very cost-effective changes can be made in just about every household.

Alan Zelicoff is a physicist and physician who writes and lectures frequently on energy policy, conservation and healthcare issues. His most recent book is: "More Harm than Good", a practical look at addressing spiraling healthcare costs and maybe avoiding the unintended consequences of too much medical care. He is also the author of "Saving Energy Without Derision" which even political conservatives praise from time to time.

EXCERPTS: Review of Multimedia for Solar & Energy Conservation Education

Saturday, 2:15pm - 3:15pm - Bamboo
Speaker: Ed Judkins


This workshop will explore self-education resources and useful additions to organized curriculum presentations. The participant will view a series of excerpts from films and curriculum packages available for instruction in solar science and technology and energy conservation. We will review the 10 best films, the best URL's and the best internet film clips from YouTube, etc. created during the last 30 years.

Ed Judkins is president of UNUM-NFP, a 501(c)(3) educational resource provider. See website - unum-nfp.org for more details.

Explore 100 Sustainable Communities

Saturday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Energy
Speaker: Mandy Creighton


Join Mandy in exploring 100 sustainable communities around the United States, including ecovillages, co housing, housing co-ops, egalitarian communities and Transition Towns. Attendees will also explore ways in which people are now eco-retrofitting their existing neighborhoods to live more sustainable and more socially conscious lives. Together we'll learn the benefits of each style of cooperative living and explore why "community is the secret ingredient to sustainability". This session explores the myriad Bright Ideas coming out of this modern movement, ranging from practicing co-creation and compassionate communication as a community, to building an entire town powered by wind and solar!

Mandy and her partner recently completed a 6,500 mile bike-packing journey around the USA to visit and document 100 sustainable communities. Their film, due out April 2011, explores the wide spectrum of sustainable living, from tipi to urban high-rise and everything in between. They are excited to share what they've learned from over 600 people they interviewed and the more than 20,000 people they met as they traversed the country by bicycle. Learn more at http://www.withinreachmovie.com.

Feasibility of Small Wind in New Mexico

Saturday, 2:15pm - 3:15pm - Astro
Speaker: Gary Anderson


This workshop will provide the basic tools a consumer will need for adding wind to their energy portfolio. Gary will look at siting, permitting and installing small wind turbines in New Mexico. Concentrating on turbines from 100 watts to 50 kW, and towers from 20 ft to 140 feet.

Gary is the owner of WindSunNM located in Santa Fe and serving northern New Mexico with alternative energy systems for homes and businesses. He is currently residing in a home using a Sky Stream 3.7 wind turbine, solar thermal system and PV systems as a test bed for different systems. He has been designing and building passive and active solar and other renewable systems since 1978.

Green Transportation Fuels

Saturday, 11:45am - 12:45pm - Driftwood
Speaker: Frank Burcham


Overview of green transportation fuels that the public can use in day to day life. Pros and cons of each along with examples of the best applications.

Frank is the Executive Director, State Coordinator, and founding member of The Land of Enchantment Clean Cities Coalition (1994). He is also the State and City of Albuquerque alternate fuels advisor.

Greening the Highway with Plug-in Electric Drive

Sunday, 10:30am-11:30am - Indoors
Speaker: Skip Dunn


The presentation focuses on renewables on the road: Greening the Grid and the Highway with Plug-in Electric Drive. Electric drive is the connection between renewable power and transportation. We will examine how grid-connected cars will decrease the demand for energy by 80%; increase the role that renewable energy plays in the power grid; and look at what the utility industry must do to prepare for and gain from a plug-in vehicle future.

A 34-year resident of Los Alamos, Skip Dunn formed GreenWheels Sustainable Transportation in 2005. He has a collection of 8 old (1914-1981) mini and micro cars, 4 all-electric cars, and a 73 mpg (equivalent) Honda Insight hybrid. He holds a Ph.D. in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University, and has turned his attention to the revamping of policies, procedures, and designs of our transportation systems for a sustainable post-oil future.

Grid-Tied with Backup: Power During a Utility Outage

Sunday, 11-45-12:45 - Astro
Speaker: Allan Sindelar


This class is for those considering a grid-tied solar photovoltaic system that also includes the ability to power key loads during a utility outage. We will address basic design decisions, capabilities and limitations, and costs. We will provide a start-to-finish description of the design and installation process. We'll show photos of example systems, and discuss when a generator is appropriate.

Allan Sindelar has been designing, installing, and teaching about PV systems since 1988. He is a licensed electrician, a NABCEP nationally-certified PV installer, a regular contributor to Home Power magazine, and the founder of Positive Energy of Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Taos.

How Does Your Garden Grow? An Introduction to Community Solar Gardens

Sunday, 2:15pm - 3:15pm - Driftwood
Speaker: Jill Cliburn


So you wish for solar PV, but you don't have the money.. or a house with good solar access. Community Solar Gardens are a response to that need. In New Mexico, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative is planning a solar garden. In Colorado, the solar garden movement is already going strong, with utility and non-utility solar gardens underway. New federal legislation (pending) and New Mexico state support could make the option available to you. Find out what communities from coast to coast are doing and whether there's a solar garden in your future.

Jill K. Cliburn has been promoting solar and helping utilities nationwide to develop cleaner resource plans for more than 20 years. She consulted for an electric co-op near Denver, on the development of one of the nation's first community solar gardens, and has assessed the economics of four more solar gardens for a national utility association. She is currently helping more co-ops and cities to develop projects, including reviewing the kinds of policies that would help solar gardens to change the energy landscape. She has also recently served as a consultant to a 1-MW solar project for the Buckman Direct Diversion water project in Santa Fe and worked on an Energy Foundation clean energy campaign. She writes about solar for trade magazines including Solar Today, and has been a speaker at national ASES Solar Conferences.

Intro to Solar Domestic Hot Water

Sunday, 10:30am-11:30am - Driftwood
Speaker: Stephen Skelton


Learn about the different types of solar hot water heaters. Stephen will provide a basic overview of the systems available, provide a guide to choosing solar thermal panels, and help the consumer navigate through the applications for the various tax credits.

Stephen Skelton is the owner of Malachite Plumbing and Heating, LLC. He has been installing Solar Thermal Systems since 2002.

Introduction to PV (PV 101)

Sunday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Astro
Speaker: Marlene Brown


Come learn about solar electricity and see what all the excitement is all about. This is an introductory class. Come with questions and learn the basics about photovoltaics.

Marlene has been working in the field of photovoltaic for 20 years. She has been affiliated with the installation of over 200 PV systems including her own where she hasn't had an electric bill in 6 years. Marlene is trained as an electrical engineer and an electrician.

Net Metering and REC Purchases

Saturday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Driftwood
Speaker: TBD


Pending. Put the power of the sun in your pocket while protecting the environment. PNM will present an overview of current and pending interconnection agreements. Learn about net metering and renewable energy credits as well as current efforts PNM is making to integrate renewable energy into its power production portfolio. Pending


Net Metering and REC Purchases

Sunday, 11:45am - 1:15pm - Driftwood
Speaker: TBD


Pending. Put the power of the sun in your pocket while protecting the environment. PNM will present an overview of current and pending interconnection agreements. Learn about net metering and renewable energy credits as well as current efforts PNM is making to integrate renewable energy into its power production portfolio. Pending


New Mexico's Path to a Sustainable Energy Future

Sunday, 10:30am - 11:30am - Cobalt
Speaker: Jason Marks


This presentation outlines a roadmap for transitioning to an electric supply based on sustainable sources available in New Mexico. It covers (1) the technical and economic characteristics of wind energy, PV solar, concentrating (thermal) solar electric, and other renewable resources; (2) the role of transmission; and (3) the various regulatory and policy tools in place to promote customer-owned and utility-scale renewable generation and to encourage energy efficiency.

Commissioner Marks believes the PRC has an important role to play in our state's transition from fossil-fuel dependency to energy supplies that are environmentally and financially sustainable. On the Commission since 2005, he is the sponsor of rules creating diversity targets for solar energy and distributed generation, and has been active in proceedings addressing net metering and incentives for customer-owned renewables, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas emissions. He is a member of the governing board for the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System and the steering committee for the Western Renewable Energy Zones project.

Off-Grid Solar Power for Your Home

Saturday, 3:30pm-4:30pm - Astro
Speaker: Allan Sindelar


This class is for those seriously considering living off-the-grid using solar PV power. We will discuss the joys and limitations, the design process and load analysis, and the principles and costs of off-grid living. By workshop's end, you will either know it's not for you or be excited to get started. Handouts will include Home Power educational articles about off-grid living by the speaker.

Allan Sindelar has been designing, installing, and teaching about off-grid PV systems since 1988. He is a licensed electrician, a NABCEP nationally-certified PV installer, a regular contributor to Home Power magazine, and the founder of Positive Energy of Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Taos.

Preparing for a "Green Collar Job"

Saturday, 11:45am - 12:45pm - Bamboo
Speaker: Stella Ursua


Participants will learn about the various industries currently creating Green Collar Jobs, how to locate these types of professions, the preparation required for this type of employment and creative ways in which to get a foot in the door!

Stella is President-Dean of Instruction of North American School of Green Technology, where she offers individuals skills-based training in Solar, Solar Thermal, and Weatherization training. Stella is passionate about connecting people to world class green industry training programs and good green jobs

Renewable Energy: Apples to Oranges

Sunday, 3:30pm-4:30pm - Driftwood
Speaker: Daniel Jencka


They may all be green, but they are not the same. Renewable energy technologies are each a study on their own, with different and sometimes confusing technical, financial and environmental aspects. This workshop will survey some of the most prevalent technologies, including PV, solar thermal, geothermal, small wind and low-energy cooling, with a focus on how to select the right one based on a variety of factors and specific needs.

Daniel Jencka has over ten years experience with renewable energy technologies, including solar thermal, PV, ground source heat pumps and small wind. Daniel is a consultant and sales person for Green Energy Works (http://nmgreenworks.com), based in Albuquerque and serving the entire state of New Mexico. He also conducts renewable energy workshops for both the public and professionals, and teaches through LUNA Community College within their alternative energy and sustainability degree program.

Six Steps to a Smart Solar Investment: Solar Power for Home and Business

Saturday, 11:45am - 12:45pm - Astro
Speaker: Claudia Pavel


Come listen to a fast-paced presentation on solar power (photovoltaic) systems in New Mexico. Get the latest on financial incentives and financing, system sizing and design, solar photovoltaic technology, and the process of grid-interconnection. Residential and commercial systems will be covered.

Claudia Pavel is the sales and marketing manager for Positive Energy, a solar power design and install company with four offices in New Mexico. Claudia teaches solar power classes for architects, engineers, builders and students as well as home and business owners. Positive Energy, an employee-owned company established in 1997, has installed fully 25% of all the PV systems in PNM territory; eight of New Mexicos 20 NABCEP certified PV installers work with Positive Energy. www.positiveenergysolar.com

Solar Basics: Hot Water and/or Electric

Sunday, 10:30am-11:30am - Astro
Speaker: Odes Armijo-Caster


A basic primer to help the consumer decide between the purchase of a solar hot water system or solar electricity for their home or small business. Maybe purchase both. "Using the Gifts of the Father to Protect the Gifts of the Mother."

Odes Armijo-Caster has nearly 30 years' experience in the solar industry with hundreds of solar installations including solar hot water, pool heating, hot air heating and solar electric systems. He has a rare dual NABCEP certification to install both photovoltaic and solar thermal systems and has presented dozens of workshops both locally and internationally.

Solar Battery Technologies

Sunday, 2:15pm - 3:15pm - Energy
Speaker: Jonathan J. Jimenez


People always ask Jonathon, "What's new in Batteries?" and the answer for many years has been...nothing. No Longer! From advancements in the tried and true Lead Acid technologies to Lithium Ion to the latest room temperature Sodium batteries. This seminar will look at current trends in Battery Based PV and look towards the future Industry standard in years to come.

Jonathan J. Jimenez is the Battery Based System specialist at Affordable Solar. He is a true expert in battery maintenance and routinely assists corporations and individuals solve problems with their off-grid systems. He enjoys being part of a company that helps others change the world and their own lives for the better.

Solar Cars Already on the Road

Saturday, 3:30pm-4:30pm - Driftwood
Speaker: Olga Lavrova


Professor Lavrova will describe the Power and Energy programs and Solar Car design program at UNM. She will share the results of UNM's competition in the all-solar-car challenge which took place in June of this year. Participants will gain an understanding of the challenges going "all solar" means. Look Ma...no battery! (to speak of). For more details: www.ece.unm.edu/solarcar

Dr. Olga Lavrova is a Research Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UNM. She is the Albuquerque chapter leader for NMSEA. Her research interests include photovoltaics and other emerging renewable energy technologies, as well as nano-scale semiconductor structures and their applications in Power and Energy Fields.

Solar Down the Road

Saturday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Driftwood
Speaker: Steve Baer


Join Steve in a peek at the future and see what kinds of products will prove useful in years to come. Learn how to judge whether an activity is worth pursuing. See what changes can be expected from the public in the years to come.

Steve helped organize the first ghost ranch conference on solar energy. An industry expert, he has been working with solar heating, lighting and natural cooling for over 40 years.

Solar Hydronic Heating and Cooling

Sunday, 3:30pm-4:30pm - Astro
Speaker: Bristol Stickney


Solar heating is one of the most efficient applications of renewable energy, especially in New Mexico. Solar heating can be used for domestic hot water, radiant heat, baseboard heat, pools, and spas. And, a solar heating system can be operated "backward" during summer nights to also provide cooling, reducing the need for air conditioning. Learn about the principles of solar heating and see examples of system installations of all sizes.

Bristol Stickney has been in renewable energy for 35 years (including 17 years in NMSEA) and is an internationally-known expert and pioneer in solar heating and cooling. He is currently Chief Technology Officer of SolarLogic, LLC, a start-up focused on solar heating design and controls. Bristol's columns appear monthly in Plumbing Engineer and he is also a regular contributor to Solar Professional Magazine.

Solar Oven: Construction and Cooking

Saturday, 11:45am - 12:45pm - Cobalt
Speaker: Jeannie Martinez Monaghan


This workshop will discuss the various types of solar ovens that can be made from simple materials. Major discussion will focus on foods that can be cooked and time/temp adjustments.

Jeannie Martinez Monaghan was awarded the Creative Award from the Science and Technology Corporation at UNM for development of the Solar Oven, along with John Welles. This solar oven invention was selected as one of the top 100 innovations in the Better Business Report. She is currently a professor of Health Careers at the UNM, Gallup campus.

Solar Thermal-What Works, What Doesn't

Saturday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Astro
Speaker: Robert Althouse


With over 30 years of solar design, Robert will explain how active and passive thermal solar systems are only a part of a complete building system. How does the existing structure dictate the best solar thermal choices? The workshop will cover the types of solar thermal systems available today, and rank them in terms on return on investment, reduction of carbon footprint, dependability, and esthetics. Participants will also get the skinny on the different hot water or heating backup systems.

Robert Althouse has been designing passive and active solar buildings and systems for over 30 years. He moved here in the mid seventies because most of the books on solar had been written by New Mexicans, and solar design was not yet taught in architecture schools. He currently heads SolarWise, which does consulting, design and construction of solar thermal system and efficient structures.

Sustainability Through Urban Farming

Sunday, 3:30pm-4:30pm - Energy
Speaker: Zoe Wilcox


Learn how to use your land to move towards personal and community sustainability. See how Mother Nature Gardens harvests rainwater and uses greywater to water fruits and vegetables, uses outdoor living spaces to control indoor home temperatures, and fits vegetables, fruits, medicinal herbs, six chickens, and two bee hives on an 1/8 of an acre.

Zoe Wilcox has studied Permaculture for ten years, beginning at Crystal Waters Permaculture village in Queensland, Australia. She studied and taught Permaculture in Zambian villages for 2.5 years in the U.S. Peace Corps, and for 2 years in Albuquerque under Jim Brookes. She now co-manages a demonstration urban farm, Mother Nature Gardens, and a Permaculture landscaping business, Living Edge Landscaping, with husband Bard Edrington.

Sustainable Architecture without Architects in Tabas, Iran

Saturday, 10:30am-11:30am - Bamboo
Speaker: Simi Razavian


Sustainable Architecture without Architects in Tabas, Iran. Tabas was an oasis in the desert on a trading route between southern Iran and the Silk Road. The evolution of the creative use of passive solar design techniques and the efficient use of local materials produced energy efficient homes in that ancient city. The application of these old techniques to modern structures will be explored.

Simi Razavian is an architect and partner in the firm MSA and Associates, who specialize in environmentally friendly development incorporating, where possible, ancient ideas into modern buildings. She received a masters degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Shahid Beheshti University (Iran) and has worked in San Diego since 1987. Her work has appeared in Dcor and Style Magazine and in San Diego Magazine. She recently presented her topic at the Notre Dame University School of Architecture.

Sustainable Building and Remodeling

Sunday, 3:30pm 4:30pm - Cobalt
Speaker: Steve Hale


This workshop will cover sustainable design considerations for new construction or remodeling. Learn what you as a homeowner or future homeowner can do about energy efficiency, resource efficiency and indoor air quality. Make your home healthier for your family and our planet Earth.

Steve Hale is the Director of Build Green NM, a program for Certification of Residential projects. He is also a custom home builder specializing in smaller sustainable homes. He has worked on several national committees including the development of the ANSI National Green Building Standard approved in January 2009.

The Hybrid House - Ten Strategies for Energy-Thrifty Buildings

Saturday, 11:45am - 12:45pm - Energy
Speaker: Catherine Wanek


A "Hybrid house" saves energy with smart combinations of design, construction techniques, and home-generated power. Learn how homeowners are enjoying $10 energy bills, discover the design secrets of insulated thermal mass, and see how architects and builders are creating sustainable solutions to human habitation. Be inspired to dream, design and build a healthy house that nurtures people and our planet.

Catherine Wanek is the author and photographer of the books "The Hybrid House, Designing with Sun, Wind, Water and Earth," and "The New Straw Bale Home." She has contributed articles and photographs to Su Casa Magazine, Communities, Mother Earth News and the New York Times. She is also co-director of Builders Without Borders.

The New American Dream Home

Sunday, 11:45am - 12:45pm - Cobalt
Speaker: Connie Giffin


The New American Dream Home was inspired by a visit to New Orleans and the coastal area two years after Hurricane Katrina. The purpose: to inform remaining residents they had a choice of rebuilding with a technology that could withstand their weather. The old issues of a non traditional design and financing again stood in the way. A photo of a simple, southern looking geodesic dome from a mortgage client in Ponca, OK inspired my book and desire to marry the marvelous technology patented by David South with traditional architectural styles to gain acceptance by the general public, building departments and hopefully one day our lenders.

Connie Giffin has been an architectural designer and general contractor since the mid eighties when she changed the standards for steel and precast stair systems throughout Arizona. An "earth friendly" mortgage broker for 9 years, she's helped clients nationwide with financing to achieve their dream home. An artist, author and presenter, she resides in Pagosa Springs, CO and is currently constructing five of her Monolithic Dome designs in the Texas panhandle.

The Truly Sustainable Vegetable Garden

Saturday, 2:15pm - 3:15pm - Cobalt
Speaker: Laurie Lange


Growing your own food is a step toward a sustainable food supply, but HOW it's grown is important to consider. Traditional garden practices often don't measure up to sustainable practice, in a world of shrinking water and soil resources, especially in the desert. Learn how to evaluate the sustainability of all garden practices, how to grow your own fertilizer, and use soil microbes, worms, on-site resources, double digging, rain sponges and other earthworks in your garden.

Laurie Lange is a xeriscape professional who has realized that supporting any plantings on irreplaceable water from aquifers is not sustainable. For the past several years, she's been devising new gardening systems to minimize use of precious desert water supplies. She is a veteran gardener & originator of the rain sponge concept.

Trains, Renewable Energy and All The Other Great Issues

Sunday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Driftwood
Speaker: JW Madison, Nancy Jones-Francis, John Perry


This workshop will cover Rail-related topics such as: "Trains", They're More Important Than You Think, National Rail Priorities, and Local Rail transit. Participants will also find out how rail travel embraces renewable energy. What is well known in Europe can become viable in this great and vast country of ours.

JW Madison is a General / Electrical Contractor, an NMSEA business member, and the founder / president of Rails Inc. John Perry is a student of urban planning and a transit activist at UNM, where he harbors an intense (and at times unhealthy) fascination with mass transportation. Nancy Jones-Francis was in journalism for 25 years, whose growing interest in environmental and rail transportation issues led her to the urban planning field. She is now an advocate focusing on urban, regional and national rail.

Vertical Farms and Solar Technologies

Saturday, 10:30am-11:30am - Cobalt
Speaker: Michael David Lipkan


Vertical farms incorporate a variety of renewable energy based technologies in mutually supporting ways to allow people to live close to the producers of their food. This workshop explains the need for vertical farms in burgeoning cities and suggests design ideas that lead to powerful combinations for the future.

Michael is a futurist with a background in science. He has been studying urban design concepts for more than 30 years. He is passionate about transforming our cities so they can be maintained entirely with renewable energy.

Water Walls: Back to the Future

Saturday, 3:30pm 4:30pm - Cobalt
Speaker: Helene Beauchamp


Thermal mass is an integral part of passive building design which when used properly allows a building to satisfy the bulk of its thermal energy needs. Among good thermal mass materials, water is by far the most outstanding both in performance and cost. Popular during the 70s and 80s, they are enjoying a resurgence as new materials such as selective surface coatings have increased their effectiveness and desirability. Water walls can be added to new or existing buildings to store heat in the winter and cool in the summer. Combining the thermal mass of a water wall with passive heating and cooling techniques is an inexpensive way to bring renewable energy into buildings. This presentation will include water wall energy production estimates for NM as well as information on building or installing them.

Helene Beauchamp does research, development, marketing, and public outreach for Zomeworks Corporation. The company passionately promotes direct use of the sun's energy in all its forms. Using this principle as its driving force, Zomeworks is a premier manufacturer of passive energy products.

Women and Solar

Sunday, 3:30pm-4:30pm - Bamboo
Speaker: Marlene Brown


This panel discussion will focus on women in solar. We'll talk about obstacles and barriers to entering the market. Marlene has taught many, women only, classes and will lead the discussion about what is unique to being a woman in solar. Come with questions or just to participate. Although this discussion is for women working in or wanting to enter the solar industry, all are invited.

Marlene has been working in the field of photovoltaic for 20 years. She has been affiliated with the installation of over 200 PV systems including her own where she hasn't had an electric bill in 6 years. Marlene is trained as an electrical engineer and an electrician.

Sunday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm -
Speaker: John Perry



Sunday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm -
Speaker: Nancy Jones-Francis



Technical Sessions


SLASH/D: A Software Tool for Over-the-Internet Solar Heating Design

Sunday, 9/12, I - 1 - Indoors
Speaker: Fredric Milder & Bristol Stickney, SolarLogic, LLC


SolarLogic, a start-up based in Santa Fe, NM, is in development of the "SLASH/D" (SolarLogic-Assisted Solar Heating Design), a software that delivers complete solar heating system designs over the internet to heating contractors. This workshop will describe functionality and theory of operation, and solicit feedback to incorporate into ongoing product development.

Fredric Milder, PhD, is a nuclear physicist by training, and holds over 25 patents in the medical device industry. He is currently CEO of SolarLogic, LLC, a start-up developing products to streamline and enhance residential and small commercial solar heating system deployment. Bristol Stickney has been in renewable energy for 35 years (including 17 years in NMSEA) and is an internationally-known expert and pioneer in solar heating and cooling. He is currently Chief Technology Officer of SolarLogic, LLC, a start-up focused on solar heating design and controls. Bristol's columns appear monthly in Plumbing Engineer and he is also a regular contributor to Solar Professional Magazine.

SLIC: SolarLogic Integrated Controller

Sunday, 9/12, I - 2 - Indoors
Speaker: Fredric Milde & Bristol Stickney, SolarLogic, LLC


SolarLogic, a Santa Fe-based start-up, is in development of the SLIC, an integrated solar heating system controller which, in addition to replacing all conventional heating system controls, adds the capability of controlling multiple heat sources in a single system. The control is installed with no need for programming or user-interface, and features web-interactivity, diagnostic tools, data-logging, cooling capability, making it the easiest to install and most capable system control available. The SLIC theory of design and operation will be discussed and a prototype unit will be demonstrated.

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Hybrid Solar Radiant Heating: Evacuated Tube Collectors

Sunday, 9/12, I - 3 - Energy
Speaker: Richard Chacon, Independent Energy Center


Hybrid Solar thermal heating using evacuated tube solar collectors. These are refined systems using high temperature, high efficient, evacuated tube solar collectors, a high efficient backup boiler and stainless steel storage tanks. The systems provide sanitized domestic hot water and whole house heating in a compact design. These systems run HOT even when the weather is COLD.

Richard Chacon founded Independent Energy Center (IEC) in 1983. With a passion for renewable energy and sustainable design, IEC has been involved in dozens of unique and elegant projects. As specialty wholesale distributors the company provides contractors with complete integrated packages for optimized comfort and sustainability. IEC offers solar thermal, radiant heating, cooling, PV, and quality windows to the trades with technical support to integrate into the most challenging projects.

Solar Battery Technologies

Sunday, 9/12, I - 4 - outdoors end of session
Speaker: Jonathan J. Jimenez, Affordable Solar Group


"What's new in Batteries?" The answer for many years has been...nothing. No Longer! From advancements in the tried and true Lead Acid technologies to Lithium Ion to the latest room temperature Sodium batteries.

Jonathan J. Jimenez is the Battery Based System specialist at Affordable Solar. He is a true expert in battery maintenance and routinely assists corporations and individuals solve problems with their off-grid systems. He enjoys being part of a company that helps others change the world and their own lives for the better.

Alternative Energy System Modeling and Estimating

Sunday, 9/12, II - 1 - Indoors
Speaker: Jeff Burmood, Alternative Software Concepts


Discuss benefits and approaches for modeling and estimating the size, type, and cost of an alternative energy system for both grid-tied and off-grid solutions. Presentation identifies some available tools for modeling and estimating, but uses the Alternative Energy Product Suite - System Planning tool in examples and explanations on how to estimate energy demand, and how to generate a size and cost estimate for a solar, wind, hydro, or hybrid AE solution to meet all or some of the energy demand.

Jeff is a software engineer that designed and installed a 1.5 KW hybrid solar and wind powered off-grid system for his home in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. Jeff works for a company, Alternative Software Concepts (ASC), that develops products to help in the planning, monitoring, and control of residential and commercial alternative energy systems.

Smart Energy House

Sunday, 9/12, II - 2 - Indoors
Speaker: Rob Stout, Southwest Solar Design


Think of the shell of the house as a thermos. R-70 insulation in the roof and R-40 in the walls and floor are not overkill in most parts of the US. High performance windows and doors complete the insulation. All thermal leaks are addressed from foundation to roof. Air tightness is essential and an Energy recovery Ventilator is used to provide fresh air without wasting energy. Once the shell is tight then smaller solar systems can provide all the energy needs of the house.

Rob Stout has been designing solar homes since the 70’s. He has degrees in engineering and architecture. He teaches Green architecture at Santa Fe Community College, does a radio show on sustainable living and his current design work is at or very near zero energy.

Certifying to Build Green NM

Sunday, 9/12, II - 3 - Indoors
Speaker: Steve Hale, Build Green NM


It takes effort to certify a project but it's far from impossible. Learn the procedures, benefits and incentives when certifying with Build Green NM.

Director of Build Green NM. Member of the Consensus committee that developed the ANSI National Green Building Standard, approved in January, 2009. Steve is a Custom Home builder specializing in smaller sustainable homes.

Small Scale Manufacturing in Photovoltaics

Sunday, 9/12, II - 4 - Indoors
Speaker: Patrick Gallagher, Solar Automation Inc.


Contrary to popular trends, small-scale local manufacturing is not only possible but profitable. It's all about tailoring the tools and processes to fit low-volume production. The presentation will include graphic examples of how to make the tools and how to shape processes to fit a new (but old) approach to sustainable local enterprise.

Patrick Gallagher is president of Solar Automation Inc. He is a mechanical engineer with 40 years of manufacturing time in the trenches. This includes work in the automobile, PV, robotics,food packaging, telecom, biomedical, and aerospace industries.