[NMSEA-news] Conferences, Classes, Solar Fiesta

News from New Mexico Solar Energy Association nmsea-news at nmsea.org
Wed Aug 1 14:54:04 MDT 2007

Hi Solar Enthusiasts!

Here's the current list of events in our area and beyond. First is the 
calendar summary, then further below are more details for each event:

8/1 - Deadline for Papers for 2007 Solar Fiesta Technical Sessions
8/1 – Energy Matters TV Interview of NMSEA re Solar Fiesta
8/1-3 Best Green Practices Summit
8/17 – Biodiesel Class, National Biodiesel Foundation
8/23-25 - Solar Hot Water Workshop
8/24 – Building Green: Green Expo and Efficient and Effective HVAC 
Design Seminar
8/25 - 2007 UNM Green Design Conference
9/8-16 - Ecovillage Design Education Training
9/15 - Solar Fiesta – Highland High School
9/29 - Hands-on Biodiesel Class
10/12-14, 20-21 - Hands-on PV Design and Installation Class
10/19-21 - Bioneers Conference
11/7-9 Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference! Sacramento, CA

Please see the NMSEA Event Calendar for the complete list of events:
http://www.nmsea.org/Events/Event_Calendar.php. We usually only list the 
most recent notices here.

Any questions? Please contact us!

New Mexico Solar Energy Association
1009 Bradbury St SE, Ste. 35
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-246-0400, 888-886-6765
Fax: 505-246-2251
www.nmsea.org <http://www.nmsea.org>
info at nmsea.org <mailto:info at nmsea.org>

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Mary McArthur, Jean Arya, and Jim Barrera. Hi, All! on GOV TV 16. The 
subject was Solar Fiesta. Please spread the word!


Call for Papers for the Second Annual Solar Technical Session
To be presented at the Solar Fiesta: Sunday, September 16, 2007

In the spirit of sharing information throughout our organization and 
community, we are repeating the Technical Session on Sunday of the Solar 
Fiesta. We ask you to submit your paper for review by a selection 
committee prior to presenting at the Solar Fiesta.

The committee is looking for one-to-five page papers including graphics 
on any technical issue involving solar energy. We are limiting the 
papers to solar since this is the focus of our organization.

Here is a reminder of some suggested topics or directions for a submittal:

* Information on current or past research
* Tell us about your company and its growth
* Share one of your exciting or challenging projects
* Tell us about a specific product and how it works
* Information on educational opportunities
* Wow us with charts, graphs, flow charts and bubble diagrams. (Metric
* Any other technical information that is applicable for this discussion

Again, we have asked some of our long standing professionals and past 
board members to help support this session by being on the committee to 
review submittals and help produce a well-rounded, first-rate session. 
We are committed to supporting each other through this sharing activity.

Please submit your paper by email (Info at nmsea.org 
<mailto:Info at nmsea.org>) or mail to NMSEA by August 1, 2007.

Marlene Brown


Mayor Chavez is sponsoring the "Best Green Practices Summit" at the 
Albuquerque Convention Center in August. The Summit has been developed 
to bring together key leadership from across New Mexico to network and 
share best green practices. Breakout sessions will present best 
practices in green building and development, energy conservation, 
resource conservation and waste reduction along with other practices 
that are proven to reduce our impact on the environment.

The Summit will kick off with a reception the evening of August 1st, 
6:30 pm. at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. Full day sessions will take 
place at the Albuquerque Convention Center on August 2 and 3. For those 
interested a tour of green buildings is scheduled for Saturday August 4th.

 From innovative session topics to the tour of green buildings, this 
diverse summit will provide the essential knowledge take-away to more 
than justify your valuable time away from the office. Registration fee 
for the four day event is $150 dollars per person. Or if you want to 
participate in the vender display the fee is $250 per day which includes 
entry for two participants. To RSVP, please call 311 in Albuquerque.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at the summit.

John W. Soladay, Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the Mayor
P.O. Box 1293
Albuquerque, NM 87103

Hosted by the National Biodiesel Foundation, the Maryland Energy 
Administration and the Land of Enchantment Clean Cities Coalition; the 
workshop will address all of your questions regarding the use of 
biodiesel in your vehicles.

Santa Fe Community College
Santa Fe, Nm
9:30am to 2:30pm

Hosted by the National Biodiesel Foundation, the Maryland Energy 
Administration and the Land of Enchantment Clean Cities Coalition

Draft Agenda:
• Biodiesel 101
• ASTM D6751 Spec
• BQ9000 Accreditation
• Fuel Distribution
• Supply and Demand of Biodiesel Feedstock
• OEM Warranty Info
• National Legislation Information
• New Mexico Biodiesel Legislation and Incentives
• Local New Mexico Biodiesel Supply and Distribution

There will be a $20 per person registration fee for those attending the 
workshop (includes continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon break).

To register, send a check for $20 for each attendee, along with 
attendee's name, organization, address, city, zip code, phone # and 
e-mail address: to:

Land of Enchantment Clean City Coalition
11621 San Antonio Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87122-2437

For more information, please call Frank Burcham at (505) 856-8585 or 
email loecleancities at comcast.net <mailto:loecleancities at comcast.net> . 
Thank you.


Solar Energy International, a non-profit organization dedicated to 
educating others about renewable energy, is holding a three-day workshop 
on Solar Hot Water where students will get a chance to learn about 
different thermal systems both in the classroom and in hands-on 
demonstrations. Topics covered include: safety procedures, batch 
heaters, anti-freeze systems, PV powered pumping, radiant floor heating, 
maintenance, mounting options and more. This workshop is geared towards 
home owners & people wanting to work in a growing sustainable industry. 
The class will be taught by Chuck Marken who has over 22 years 
experience installing and servicing Solar Thermal Systems.

When: Thursday August 23rd-Saturday August 25th 9am-5pm
Where: AAA Solar Supply Inc. 2021 Zearing NW, Albuquerque
Price: $450 for SEI members $480 non-members

More information about this class: 

SEI Homepage: solarenergy.org
SEI Phone: 970-963-8855

John Selby
Solar Energy International
PO Box 1410
39845 Mathews Lane
Paonia, CO 81428
(970) 527-7657, fax:(970) 527-7659

Hello friends of Build Green NM!
Green Expo and Building Green: Efficient and Effective HVAC Design Seminar.
Both events are on August 24th at the Marriott Pyramid North:
 From 8:00-4:00 we will be having Building Green: Efficient and 
Effective HVAC Design Seminar with speaker Doug Garrett here to talk 
about building and designing for indoor air quality and comfort. 
Complete the registration form attached to make sure that you get a spot 
for this seminar.
 From 1:00-6:00 pm the Green Expo will be in the adjacent room showing 
off green products and services. This is going to be a great opportunity 
to meet and learn from others in the Green building community, and see 
what is available from local and national vendors.
Are you interested in exhibiting? I have attached an exhibitor 
registration form which gives more detail about exhibiting. Booths are 
selling quickly, so register as soon as possible.
Please join us for these events. We really appreciate your support in 
advance and, as always, I welcome your comments and suggestions.

Sara Eatman
Administrator, Build Green NM
www.BuildGreenNM.com <http://www.BuildGreenNM.com>
(505) 344-3294

UNM Continuing Education presents an amazing collaboration of
organizations in its 2007 Green Design Conference: "Sustainability 
Inside and Out."
Exhibits, speakers, and the UNM Bookstore on site along with great 
meals, snacks, and networking opportunities will make this a day of 
difference for professionals and homeowners alike.
Visit http://dce.unm.edu ( http://dce.unm.edu/ )for more info.


Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) is a four-part introductory training 
course being offered over the course of the next year through the 
Univ.of New Mexico Continuing Education. The program is dedicated to 
creating solutions to global environmental, social, and economic issues 
through local and regional community building. Course content provides 
an overview of design considerations for establishing sustainable 
communities ("eco-villages") in both urban and rural settings in order 
to promote and prepare for a sustainable future and has already been 
presented and implemented in ten other countries including Germany, 
Brazil, and India. This year EDE is being offered for the first time in 
the United States, right here in New Mexico! EDE is a project of Gaia 
Education, a component of the Global Ecovillage Network and an official 
contribution to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable 

For detailed course or registration information, visit: 
<http://www.ecovillagedesignsouthwest.org> or e-mail 
info at ecovillagedesignsouthwest.org.

9/15-16 - SOLAR FIESTA

Find Brighter SOLutions at this year's Solar Fiesta…

Our new location (Highland High School) is a brighter solution with a 
larger indoor exhibit area and greater workshop capacity. Come to see 
and learn about brighter solutions to enhance your life!

Exhibits Galore!

Meet professionals in the solar and renewable industries and like-minded 
organizations face-to-face. Find qualified installers. Get answers to 
your questions, from basics to the nitty-gritty technical. See new products.
(Visit our website for a list of this year's sponsors and exhibitors: 
www.nmsea.org <http://www.nmsea.org>)


Classes on renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable living 
are organized in a "track" approach. (Visit www.nmsea.org 
<http://www.nmsea.org>, to see the developing schedule.)

Topics include:

Solar Financing
Energy Efficiency Savings
Solar Tax Credits
Net Metering
Renewable Energy Certificates
Solar Electricity
Grid-tied PV
Remote PV
Solar Thermal
Hot Water
Radiant Heat
Solar Cooling
Green Building
Passive Design
Alternative Materials
Solar Pumping
Alternative Fuels
Veggie Oil
And More!

Free Workshops--

We offer a free, hour-long workshop each morning of the Solar Fiesta at 
9:30am. If you're a newbie to solar, come get a brief introduction. Then 
decide whether to stay for the exhibits and other workshops.

Especially for Kids
Solar Scavenger Hunt
Visit exhibits to gather solar clues and win a prize!!!
Solar Cars--
Bring your own model solar car or purchase one to assemble and race.
Other Solar Projects--
NMSEA encourages students to bring their science projects to the Fiesta 
to show others. Please contact the office, if you are interested.

For the Industry and Other Interested Folk, the Technical Sessions--

NMSEA began as a technical society. Numerous requests brought back that 
quality last year. We are proud to repeat the Technical Sessions.
Marlene Brown has issued a call for papers to solar techies, 
professionals and enthusiasts (see above). That and suggestions for 
topics are on our website. Papers will be reviewed by a committee of 
solar professionals.
Submission deadline: August 1.

We anticipate another first-rate, well-rounded session!

For Solar Fiesta and throughout the year, we rely on and greatly 
appreciate volunteers. You are the ingredient which makes NMSEA and the 
Solar Fiesta successful!
Volunteer opportunities abound. Please contact us for tasks that would 
be helpful. No solar knowledge needed!
Currently, we are looking for a few good people to coordinate several 
activities. If you are interested in helping to manage the Fiesta, 
please contact the office, info at nmsea.org <mailto:info at nmsea.org>, 
505-246-0400, 888-886-6765. To volunteer over the weekend, contact John 
Salinas, jsalinas at vt.edu <mailto:jsalinas at vt.edu>.


The next hands-on Biodiesel Class is 9/29.

James Burgess and Eric Chrisp continue their series of hands-on 
Biodiesel101classes. They will cover sourcing oil, economic and 
ecological pros and cons, preferred vehicles, how to make your own 
biodiesel processor for under $400, how to brew on a small or medium 
scale, how to test oil quality, safety issues, washing fuel, politics, 
why we drink beer when we brew and much, much more!
Why: Because it's fun to make biodiesel! Oh yeah, and because "here we 
have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil, which is often 
imported from unstable parts of the world" (G. W. Bush, January 2006).
Learn many more reasons at the workshop.

Who: James Burgess and Eric Chrisp have been declared "Biodiesel Jedi" 
by the New Mexico Solar Energy Association. They have conducted numerous 
presentations and workshops. Each has been running one or more vehicles 
on home-brewed biodiesel for over two years.

Non-Members - $110
NMSEA Members - $99.

See http://www.nmsea.org/Workshops/biodiesel_workshop.php for further 


Photovoltaic (PV) Design and Installation Class (Hands-On) 5-Day Class 
Sponsored by New Mexico Solar Energy Association
Next class: October 12-14 & 20-21, 2007
Cost: $500.00 per person; NMSEA members - $450

Are you interested in learning more about solar electricity? Would you 
like to learn about siting, sizing and safely installing a PV system?

This class will be held over two weekends, October 12-14 and 20-21, 
2007. Topics to be covered include photovoltaic components, designing 
and sizing a system, siting, and the configuration of stand-alone 
(off-grid) and grid-tie (utility-connected) systems. Safety and energy 
efficiency will also be covered.

The class will start with three days in the classroom. It will include 
visiting instructors, tours of local PV systems and hands-on labs. The 
last two days will be spent installing a PV system. Students will have 
the opportunity to hear from local PV business owners, installers and 
other PV experts. Depending upon the group's interest, there may be 
evening slideshows and talks from members of the
New Mexico Solar Energy Association (NMSEA).

The instructor is Marlene Brown. Marlene is President of the New Mexico 
Solar Energy Association (NMSEA). She has been working with PV systems 
for over 15 years and has installed hundreds of systems in the U.S. and 
the developing world. Marlene has been teaching PV classes for over 10 
years. There may be other co- and guest instructors throughout the course.

http://www.nmsea.org/Workshops/pv_workshop.php contains these details. 
Contact the office to register (info at top).


The Bioneers Conference <http://www.bioneers.org/conference> is a 
dynamic, leading-edge forum, focused on practical and visionary 
solutions for restoring the Earth’s imperiled ecosystems and healing our 
human communities.

See http://www.bioneers.org/ for details.


Sacramento, California

The first-ever Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference ("BECC") 
is a national conference focused on understanding the behavior and 
decision-making of individuals and organizations and on using that 
knowledge to help accelerate our transition to an energy-efficient and 
low-carbon economy.

The conference program and registration details will be announced soon 
on the conference Web site: http://aceee.org/conf/07becc/07beccindex.htm.

What Topics Will Be Addressed? (partial list)

Behavior and technology-design, adoption, and use
Motivating individual and collective action
Behavior and policy design and regulation
Insights from anthropology, sociology, psychology, and public health 
research and interventions
Increasing program participation and effectiveness
Incorporating behavior in energy potential studies
Lessons from 30 years of program evaluations
People are different-leveraging segmentation
Behavior in organizations
Impacts of changing lifestyles on energy use
Social norms and networks
Economic models and behavior
Social marketing and other behavior change strategies
Attitudes, opinions and "public will"
Messages, messengers, and role models

Who Should Attend?

This first-ever conference on Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change will 
attract a diverse group. The meeting will be of interest to anyone 
interested in behavior, energy, and climate issues, especially 
researchers; policymakers and advisors (national, state and local); 
program developers and implementers; marketing, advertising, and 
communications professionals; corporations; consultants; evaluators; 
utilities; technology manufacturers; NGO's; faculty and students.

Other Details

The Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference will be held November 
7 - 9, 2007 in Sacramento, California. The conference will begin on 
Wednesday evening, November 7 with Registration and a Networking 
Reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Two full days of sessions will be 
held on November 8 and 9.
Online registration will be available soon at 

General interest:


LASE Newsletter is taking the summer off, but here is a recent report 
that many of you will find interesting.

"zerocarbonbritainis a radical vision of Britain’s energy future, 
outlining bold policy drivers to reduce carbon emissions to zero within 
20 years. What follows is a scenario demonstrating possible outcomes of 
these policies, using only existing and proven technologies."

Download from http://www.zerocarbonbritain.com/ (warning: 4 MB)


The American Solar Energy Society is now one of 5 finalists to win up to 
$5 million to increase the use of renewable energy throughout the U.S. 
and beyond. The competition is fierce but we can win through a concerted 
grassroots effort that includes you, your friends and the people you 
work with in promoting green and sustainable energy solutions. Please 
take action and forward this email to everyone in your address book. The 
deadline is approaching. Vote now for “Wind and Solar”

Do you have an American Express card or know someone who might have one?
Your vote (and forwarded email) can help us give renewable energy a big 
American Express is conducting an online competition called the Members 
Project to bring one big breakthrough idea to the world. The project 
with the most votes gets the funding. Even if you voted in earlier 
rounds you can vote again now that we’re in the finals. Our project will 
increase the residential use of wind and solar energy to reduce climate 
change and to help people save money on monthly utility bills. Please 
help us bring this important project to life.

1) CAST YOUR VOTE: If you are an American Express cardholder go to 
www.MembersProject.com <http://www.membersproject.com/> and vote now for 
“Wind and Solar for Residential”

2) SPREAD THE WORD: Urge your friends to vote for the “Wind and Solar 
for Residential” project at www.MembersProject.com 
<http://www.membersproject.com/> – this is critically important

The deadline to vote is August 5, 2007.

The time for renewable energy is now. Our vision is to create a small 
power generating system that will provide cooling, heating, and 
electricity for the typical mid-sized home. Powered from renewable 
energy sources like wind and solar, this affordable system can easily be 
integrated into an existing home or added to a new home.

Learn more and cast your vote at: www.MembersProject.com for the “Wind 
and Solar” project.
The American Solar Energy Society thanks you for your vote.


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