[NMSEA-news] KNME Program Tonight, NMSEA Meetings, Classes and Other Events

News from New Mexico Solar Energy Association nmsea-news at nmsea.org
Fri Jul 20 16:18:13 MDT 2007

Hi, Solar Enthusiasts!

Well, here goes....

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And here's this e-mail's news:

(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.)

7/20 - "In Focus" Program on KNME
7/21 - NMSEA Board Meeting
7/24 - NMSEA Albq. Chapter Meeting with Matt Channon
7/26 - Bioneers Meeting in Los Alamos
8/1 - Deadline for Papers for 2007 Solar Fiesta Technical Sessions
8/1-3 - Best Green Practices Summit
8/17 – Biodiesel Class, National Biodiesel Foundation
8/24 - Building Green: Efficient and Effective HVAC Design
8/24 - Green Expo
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

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
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Friday, July 20, 2007 at 7:30 PM, a panel including Mayor Martin Chavez,
Dr. Bruce Milne (UNM Biology/Sustainability Dept), and Mary Jo Daniels
(Science Specialist, NM Public Ed Dept) will discuss the merits of
requiring that all New Mexico high school students be instructed about
the very serious problems of Global Warming.


The next NMSEA Board Meeting is Saturday, 7/21/07 from 10AM to 2PM. If
you have any agenda items for this meeting, please let us know by
Friday, July 13. We will have a potluck luncheon as usual. All members
are invited to attend, but please arrive on time—as usual we have a lot
to cover.
For directions, go to: http://www.nmsea.org/Board/abqoffice.php.
(Remaining board meetings this year will be: 9/8, 11/10.)


The next meeting of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association will be held
at REI (NW of I-25 and Montaño) on Tuesday, July 24^th at 6:30 pm.

Our guest speaker will be Matt Channon, President of cSol Corp. Matt
will present a primer on energy and how the existing oil- and coal-based
economy works and invites plenty of audience interaction on what makes
for clean, renewable energy sources. Following the presentation will be
a guided tour of cSol, a solar panel factory located near downtown

Hope to see you there!


The next Bioneers meeting is scheduled for Thursday July 26th at
Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange Street, across from
the high school in Los Alamos.
The Bioneers are also scheduling to meet in Taos, Los Alamos, Las
Cruces, and Farmington.
Visit www.bioneers.org <http://www.bioneers.org/> or call 505-428-1227
for more information.


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) 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 . Thank you.


Doug Garrett, of Building Performance & Comfort, will discuss sizing and
good design of HVAC systems for efficiency and comfort. Doug will also
talk about Indoor Air Quality and sustainable, healthy building
practices. Doug is a nationally recognized expert on green building with
an emphasis on mechanical systems and healthy living spaces.

Marriott Pyramid North, 8AM-4PM
$150, and *$100 for Build Green NM Members
For any questions, contact Sara Eatman at seatman at hbacnm.com
<mailto:seatman at hbacnm.com> or (505) 344-3294


Build Green NM’s first annual Green Expo will be held next-door in the
Marriott Pyramid Ballroom from 1:00-6:00.Over 50 local and national
exhibitors will be displaying green products and services.

*Admission is FREE.
All seminar attendees will get a free drink coupon for the Expo Cash Bar.


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:

_www.dce.unm.edu/register <http://www.dce.unm.edu/register>_ or e-mail
ragan at ecovillagedesignsouthwest.org
<mailto:ragan 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, 505-246-0400, 888-886-6765.
To volunteer over the weekend, contact John Salinas, 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 (Fri-Sat-Sun-Sat-Sun)
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.

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