[NMSEA-news] NMSEA Events and Announcements (wth Taos Solar Music Festival Update!)

News from New Mexico Solar Energy Association nmsea-news at nmsea.org
Tue Jun 17 16:45:39 MDT 2008



Hi Solar Enthusiasts!
Here are the latest events, workshops, and announcements.

 

Please see the NMSEA Event Calendar for a more complete listing of 
events:  http://www.nmsea.org/Events/Event_Calendar.php.
If you have questions or comments, please contact us!   We value your input!

NEW MEXICO SOLAR ENERGY ASSOCIATION

1009 Bradbury St SE, Ste. 35, Albuquerque, NM 87106

505-246-0400, 888-886-6765, Fax: 505-246-2251

info at nmsea.org <mailto:info at nmsea.org>, or visit our website: 
www.nmsea.org <http://www.nmsea.org/>

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BECOME THE ALBUQUERQUE CHAPTER LEADER!

NMSEA has an immediate opening for the volunteer position of Albuquerque 
chapter leader. This opportunity involves setting up and running chapter 
presentation meetings once a month at a set time and location (currently 
6:30pm on the 4th Tuesday each month at the REI Recreational Equipment 
store).  You would be responsible for contacting prospective speakers, 
coordinating with our media person for advertising, and setting up the 
room at REI and packing up after the event.   If you are organized and 
detail-oriented, have good people skills, and are interested in solar 
energy and sustainability, we are looking for you.  This position may 
require 5-10 hours a month (including the night of the meeting) 
depending on your connections and skills.  We will provide an organizing 
template, and speakers are already scheduled for May and June.  Please 
contact Deena Klein at dleeclean at yahoo.com <mailto:dleeclean at yahoo.com> 
and put "Chapter Leader" in the subject heading. This is a great chance 
for you to support NMSEA and to get to know the industry and community!

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EVENT CALENDAR, SUMMARY (Scroll down for details.)

June 20: Green Business Monthly Networking Breakfast
June 21: Community Housing Resource Fair
June 22: "A Festival of Giving" Celebration
June 24: Green Drinks
June 27-29: Taos Solar Music Festival
**July 2-23: Electric Vehicles Hybrid &Conversion Class

**Also!**
Check out Sustainable ABQ's website for other events in and around 
Albuquerque:  http://www.sustainableabq.com/news_events.htm

 

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ANNOUNCMENTS SUMMARY (Scroll down for details.)

*** Urge Congress to extend the renewable energy tax credit.

*** Solar Santa Fe -- Get on the waiting list for City loan program for 
solar electric and conservation.

*** The New Mexico Clean Energy Update - News Programs on Local Public 
Radio Stations.

*** Call for Workshop Instructors/ Participants/ Hosts

*** Solar Cooking & Photography Contest

*** Green Power Leadership Awards Nomination Period Now Open

*** Unsubscribe Option

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EVENT CALENDAR

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JUNE 20: GREEN BUSINESS MONTHLY NETWORKING BREAKFAST

Friday, 7:30am -9am  Whole Foods Market in Santa Fe (meet in the smaller 
building facing Cerillos Rd)

Guest speaker Santa Fe Watershed Association board president, 
Francois-Marie Patorni, will give a briefing on the Watershed 
Association's position on restoring water to the river, and explain why 
it's in the interests of the business community (not to mention the rest 
of the community!) to have a functioning river.

Free and open to the entire community. Complimentary coffee, pastries, 
and meeting space provided by Whole Foods Market.
 
For more information, please contact Matthew Ellis at 
hopscotchdesign at hotmail.com

Sponsored by:  Whole Foods Market and Santa Fe Alliance

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JUNE 21: COMMUNITY HOUSING RESOURCE FAIR (near Silver City)

Saturday, 9am-1pm Bayard Community Center, 290 Hurley Ave., Bayard, NM
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JUNE 22: "A FESTIVAL OF GIVING" CELEBRATION

The Network of Spiritual Progressives of Northern NM and Warehouse21 are 
sponsoring
the 2nd Annual Generosity Sunday: Celebrating "A Festival of Giving."

This festival offers opportunities to share sustainable and regenerative 
living practices that recognize and celebrate reliance upon the bounty 
of the Earth, cooperation, and creativity.

Many businesses are generously offering support for this event, and the 
list keeps growing!  Among them are Albertsons, Lowe's Super Save, 
Smith's Food, Trader Joes, Whole Foods Market, Pranzo's Italian Grill, 
Subway, Furr Family Dining, Cowgirl Hall of Fame. 

La Montanita Coop and Santa Fe Hemp will be holding give-aways that day 
at their stores, and the City of Santa Fe will also offer free bus 
service that entire Sunday anywhere in Santa Fe!

All in the community are invited to share offerings of free food & 
giveaways, ideas, art, poetry, dance, music and storytelling.  An open 
mic will be available for generosity stories and poems, and a free wall 
for artistic expression will be available, along with musical 
performances by Harambe and other youth groups, (on a solar-powered 
sound stage from the NM Solar Energy Association).  Skateboard artists 
are also welcome.

For more information about this event, please email 
networks at networkearth.org or contact Shannyn at (505) 989-4482. 

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JUNE 24: GREEN DRINKS

Tuesday, 6:30pm  Railyard Restaurant and Saloon, Guadalupe St. (in Santa 
Fe), on the front patio
The guest speaker this month is Nate Downey, co-owner of Santa Fe 
Permaculture, an eco-landscape design and consultation firm.  Nate will 
speak about water harvesting: passive, active, wastewater, and 
community, highlighting research from his forthcoming book, "Harvest the 
Rain: How to Add to Your Home's Value and Your Quality of Life While 
Doing Your Part to Sustain Our Natural Resources."
Meet, mingle, and learn about what you can do to act locally and effect 
positive change in the face of global crisis!

Visit  _www.greendrinks.org_  for more info.
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JUNE 27-29: TAOS SOLAR MUSIC FESTIVAL

The NM Solar Energy Association will proudly host the 10th Annual Solar 
Village at the Taos Solar Music Festival. This colorful village of 
exhibits offers ongoing demonstrations of solar energy use: freshly 
baked sun oven cookies, solar race cars, water to hydrogen fuel cell 
demonstration, kids activities, adult learning opportunities, and 
literature from organizations including non-profit renewable energy 
organizations, environmental and wildlife protection groups, green 
builders, solar and wind technicians and installers, and more!

The 2008 musical lineup includes Steve Earle, Susan Tedeschi, Collective 
Soul, Allison Moorer, Pacifika, and The Coup.


Come experience great music, interactive alternative energy displays, 
exquisite views, and new ideas while honoring the cultural diversity and 
environment in this northern New Mexican community.  Kit Carson Park, 
downtown Taos.

Go to _www.solarmusicfest.com_ for ticket information and event details.

Plus!  VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED! 
To volunteer with NMSEA in the Solar Village please contact Karlis at 
solar at newmex.com.
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JULY 2-23: ELECTRIC VEHICLES HYBRID & CONVERSION CLASS


4 weeks, Wednesdays (7/2-7/23), 6-8pm (UNM, Los Alamos)
An introduction to Electric Vehicles (EV), Plug-In Hybrid Electric 
Vehicles (PHEV), and the Basic of "How to Convert" a gasoline/diesel 
fueled car to a non-polluting EV.  What is currently available for 
purchase today and likely future (1-3 years) manufacturers. Lectures, 
videos, and hands-on driving of a neighborhood EV.
For more info contact greenwheels at newmexico.com, or check the UNM-LA 
course catalogue for summer listings.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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URGE CONGRESS TO EXTEND THE RENEWABLE ENERGY TAX CREDIT !!!

 

Solar Supporters!

Your help is urgently needed in the final push to extend renewable 
energy investment tax credits before they expire in less than seven 
months. 


Within the next day or two the U.S. Senate is set to discuss HR 6049, 
the Energy Tax Extenders bill.  This bill provides for the most 
important attributes for renewable energy tax credits to be extended: 
solar installations, wind farms, energy efficiency buildings, and other 
technologies.


Two solar items of note are that the:

    * Commercial Solar Investment Tax Credit (Section 48) would be
      extended to 8 years (more than the 6 years previously suggested)
    * Groups are working now to eliminate the $2000 cap on residential
      tax credits

Let your members of Congress - both House and Senate - know that you 
want support for domestic, renewable energy sources to be a priority!

Key messages:

    * Not extending solar credits is an enormous tax increase that will
      cost American jobs.
    * ASES reports that we can create up to 40 million green-collar jobs
      by 2030, but Congress must lead for this to happen.
    * The 8-year extension of the Investment Tax Credit is critical for
      utilities to get the financing necessary to keep pace with rising
      demand for energy.
    * The cap on the residential investment tax credit needs to be
      removed to provide the incentives needed to properly stimulate the
      market

Congress needs to find a way to extend the renewable energy tax credit 
to move us toward energy security and local green-collar jobs. 

Please contact your leaders in Congress and let your voice be heard.  
Find Phone Numbers 
<http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0014sTbi1ShY1Vxl_I5bIzE6F0Twr6onqLIwzGaP6WAzhSC5C8hDaf6JO-bl6PhtDdBmWY40NEn0SroWKFQdaIn-timBoEaCychoKh87Hdbizn-fU-1lPMkWA==> 
for their District offices, then forward this email to your colleagues, 
friends, and others who support solar to urge them to do the same.

 

Thank you sincerely!
Brad Collins
Executive Director, American Solar Energy Society

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SOLAR SANTA FE -- CITY SUPPORTS SOLAR ELECTRIC, HEATING AND EFFICIENCY


Opportunity for Citizen Involvement!

The Solar Santa Fe program, (which allows the City of Santa Fe to use 
municipal bond money to offer long term low interest loans to Santa Fe 
residents to offset costs when purchasing solar electric, solar heating, 
and efficiency measures), passed with a proposed $1 million dollar budget!


Wild Earth Guardians is hoping to duplicate this effort in Albuquerque, 
using Santa Fe as a model.  Santa Fe residents are encouraged to sign up 
on WE's waiting list to demonstrate need for these loans, in order to 
justify future budget allocations for similar programs.


Please respond to Wild Earth with information or interest in hosting (or 
collaborating with other organizations) events where attendees could 
learn about this program, sign up on the waiting list, and to identify 
technological capital present in the RE sector of Santa Fe.


Suggestions on how to build a list of interested Santa Fe parties would 
also be very much appreciated.

Please contact Wild Earth for letters of support or to receive a fact 
sheet about the program.


Wild Earth Guardians

Rebecca Sobel
505.988.9126 x1152

rsobel at wildearthguardians.org>
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THE NEW MEXICO CLEAN ENERGY UPDATE

NEWS PROGRAMS ON LOCAL PUBLIC RADIO STATIONS

 

The New Mexico Clean Energy Update is a series of thirteen weekly radio 
news reports, five minutes in duration starting April 14, 2008.

These will be broadcast on public radio station KUNM FM 89.9 and over 
other public radio stations throughout New Mexico.
You'll also be able to listen online at KUNM's web site 
[http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=5smeulcab.0.f8z6zlcab.vdw6qlcab.0&ts=S0334&p=http%3A%2F%2Fkunm.org%2Fhome.php 
<http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=5smeulcab.0.f8z6zlcab.vdw6qlcab.0&ts=S0334&p=http%3A%2F%2Fkunm.org%2Fhome.php>]. 

These news reports address a wide range of New Mexico clean energy 
topics. We hope you'll make a point to listen in!

 

The New Mexico Clean Energy Update is produced by Vision Trust, Inc. 
through a grant
from the New Mexico Energy Conservation and Management Division.
Learn more about New Mexico Clean Energy Programs at 
www.CleanEnergyNM.org <http://www.CleanEnergyNM.org>

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CALL FOR WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS/ PARTICIPANTS/ HOSTS


Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Association (RMSLA), is looking for 
people who have/desire the skills to shape the next generation of 
energy, agriculture, transportation and lifestyle to be part of the 
Sustainable Living Workshop Series (Summer through Fall 2008).  The 
RMSLA Workshop Series is an ideal place to connect with participants 
that are ready to take the next step.  We're seeking instructors from 
all areas of sustainable living from speciality craftsman to organic 
chefs. Workshop commitments may vary from single day classes to one week 
installations, with topics ranging from green building to natural health 
and well-being, permaculture design, strawbale, the next generations of 
energy, agriculture, and transportation.


Also!  If you own land, a dwelling, resort, orchard, or roof that could 
benefit from design or installment of permaculture to photovoltaic solar 
you may be an ideal workshop host.  The responsibilities of a host vary 
depending on the workshop.  Hosting is a great way to build your dream 
homestead.

Please contact outhe RMSLA Workshop Coordinator with inquires on 
hosting, participating in or instructing in this Workshop Series.

Bryan Birch, RMSLA Workshop Coordinator
Bryan at SustainableLivingAssociation.org
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SOLAR COOKING & PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

Winning recipes will appear in the next edition of "The Solar Chef" 
cookbook.  First and second place also receive a cash prize.
All entries must be received by September 1, 2008.  The 6th edition of 
the Solar Chef Cookbook will be available in November 1, 2008.
Send entries to: Solar Ranch, PO Box 9466, Albuquerque, NM 87119

Visit Solar Ranch on the web at: _www.solarranch.com_ or contact Rose 
Marie Kern at solarranch at aceweb.com for an entry form.
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GREEN POWER LEADERSHIP AWARDS NOMINATION PERIOD NOW OPEN
Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. 
Department of Energy (DOE), and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), 
the Green Power Leadership Awards are competitive awards that recognize 
outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace 
in the following three categories:

*-Purchasers: ** *including members or prospective members of the U.S. 
EPA's Green Power Partnership
*-Suppliers: *including utilities, renewable energy certificate 
marketers, and project developers
*-Market Development*: including individuals, companies, and industry 
leaders

The Awards will be presented on October 27, 2008 in conjunction with the 
2008 National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference in Denver, 
Colorado.*   Nominations must be received by 5:00pm PDT on June 27, 2008.
*

*Please visit the *2008 Green Power Leadership Awards website 
<http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001NRFcxoU4dlYcC3G7al2QKjbj40gpfnjJV0BWPNDnAKqKwoi0y4IDoaHn4kgQqBCWx-owYLg_2eLYcG-jCblD1EccQ95kSgprPJ2UEvSE7cqt4wQQtGB8UaiiiE83qFO35XagItTtJIXxoVb1NO3IbZfvwA9Hes0o> 
for nomination details.
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