[NMSEA-news] NM Solar Energy Association News and Events

News from New Mexico Solar Energy Association nmsea-news at nmsea.org
Thu May 1 14:55:51 MDT 2008

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


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


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> www.nmsea.org <http://www.nmsea.org/>



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!


*EVENT CALENDAR, SUMMARY (Scroll down for details.)*

Weekends in May, June, July, & August - Crestone Solar School, Crestone, 
Colorado; Solar Heating Design and Natural Building Workshops.

May 3 -- 8: American Solar Energy Association's SOLAR 2008, San Diego, CA.

May 8: Los Alamos Chapter Meeting, LASE Network, 6:30 PM.

May 10 -- 18: Sustainability Week and The Green Built Tour, Santa Fe, 
Taos, and Albuquerque area.

May 17-25: Ecovillage Design Education -- The Ecological Dimension; UNM 
Continuing Ed.

May 24, Rebuild NM, Community Partnership Meeting, Albuquerque, 7:45 AM.

May 24, Q-Jam music for sustainability, Albuquerque Civic Plaza, 2:00 PM.

May 27: Albuquerque Chapter meeting at REI, 6:30 PM.

Also, check out the Sustainable ABQ website for other events in and 
around Albuquerque.  Go to http://www.sustainableabq.com/news_events.htm



*ANNOUNCMENTS, SUMMARY (Scroll down for details.)*

**** EXTENDED DEADLINE: *The deadline for registrations in our _Solar 
and Sustainability (professionals) Directory _has been extended to this 
Monday, May 5. Find the info and form at our website and have your 
business included in this printed and online community resource.

*** 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.

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4-day Workshops, taught by Paul Shippee at Crestone Solar School in 
Crestone, Colorado. See details at: http://www.crestonesolarschool.com 
Choice of dates: May 15 -- 18, June 5 -- 8, July 10 -- 13, August 14 -- 
17. $650 fee also includes workshop materials, all meals, and outdoor 
camping at the Crestone Solar School home site.

Learn innovative 21st century Solar and Natural Building technologies. 
This 4-day workshop combines the study of solar design principles with 
hands-on learning. Great for anyone serious about learning to design 
solar homes and buildings with proven alternative technologies and 
natural building techniques.  A good foundation from which to grow your 
own knowledge and apply your own interests and skills.



Dear Solar Supporter,
Have you seen the latest lineup of presenters for SOLAR 2008? More than 
150 of the world's leading experts on solar energy, energy efficiency, 
and other sustainable energy technologies will be in San Diego, May 3-8, 
2008. I invite you to join them at SOLAR 2008 
(and be sure to register by March 16 to get the best rates).
With the energy industry changing at an unprecedented pace, SOLAR 2008 
helps you understand the changes and uncover the opportunities. It 
examines the topics you need to know, including:

    * What's new with thin film photovoltaics
    * Best practices for solar installers
    * Renewable electricity 24/7
    * Improving PV performance
    * Emerging architecture and daylighting design
    * Designing high performance homes
    * Selling and marketing strategies that work
    * The new era of concentrating solar power
    * Emerging transportation and solar's new role
    * The new boom in green collar jobs
    * Launch and grow your solar business
    * Women in solar, changing an industry
    * How to install solar hot water systems
    * A hot way to cool climate change
    * New approaches in solar policy
    * Investing in renewable energy
    * PV payback and financial analysis
    * And dozens of other powerful topics...

These sessions are taught by some of the world's leading experts - to 
give you the edge.
This industry-leading conference series, now in its 37th year, offers 
you the emerging trends, technological breakthroughs, industry insight, 
and connections you need to stay ahead. Attend SOLAR 2008 and discover 
where the industry is headed.
Click here to register for SOLAR 2008 
Becky Campbell-Howe, Conference Director, SOLAR 2008

PS. Don't forget to register by March 16 to get the best rates to attend 
SOLAR 2008. See the full lineup of presenters and topics at 
I look forward to seeing you in San Diego this May.



This meeting of the LASE Network, the NMSEA chapter in Los Alamos, will 
feature a Chautauqua Performance by Petr Jandác(ek on "A History of 
Architecture"* *as told by R. Buckminster Fuller. Socializing begins at 
6:30 PM, and the program is from 7 - 8 PM. The meeting location will be 
the Pajarito Environmental Education Center in  the old High School 'L' 
Building at 3540 Orange Street. R. Buckminster 'Bucky' Fuller was an 
American architect, author, designer, futurist, inventor, poet and 
visionary. Throughout his life, Fuller was concerned with the question 
'Does humanity have a chance to survive lastingly and successfully on 
planet Earth, and if so, how?' Fuller wrote more than thirty books, 
coining terms such as 'Spaceship Earth', ephemeralization, and 
synergetics. He also worked on the development of numerous inventions, 
chiefly in the fields of design and architecture, the best known of 
which is the geodesic dome. Carbon molecules known as fullerenes or 
buckyballs were named for their resemblance to a geodesic sphere.

 From early youth, Petr Jandác(ek was fascinated with the architecture, 
inventions and philosophy of Fuller, who was a professor emeritus at 
Southern Illinois University when Petr was in a PhD program there. After 
moving back to Los Alamos, he and his wife and children built geodesic 
domes there. During this time, he conducted extensive correspondence 
with Fuller. Petr Jandác(ek has taught art in Los Alamos schools for 
more than 30 years. For more information, contact 
David Griggs, (505) 661-4572 in Los Alamos.  (Directions to this event: 
from Trinity, go on Diamond past the high school, and turn right on 
Orange St. Go about 2 1/2  blocks...PEEC will be on the left.)



The U.S. Green Building Council New Mexico Chapter (USGBCNM) will hold 
its ninth annual GreenBuilt Tour in New Mexico on May 17 and 18, 2008.  
The Green Built Tour is part of a week long event called Sustainability 
Week. The GreenBuilt Tour is an excellent opportunity for the public to 
learn about the features of a green home and how sustainable homes are 
built, and find inspiration to green your home. Homes for the tour have 
been selected by a committee as fulfilling certain green building 
standards. During the week, there will be tours of green commercial 
buildings and workshops for building professionals. In Albuquerque on 
Saturday, May 10, a series of lectures and workshops will be held along 
with a vendor's show for people to learn more about green building and 
see products and materials that are environmentally friendly. For 
information on all the events go to http://www.greenbuilttour.net/



Ecology is the study of the dynamic, interdependent relationships in the 
Web of Life. An Eco-village, then, is a human settlement that is 
integrated into this Web of Life in a way that benefits both humans and 
their supporting environment. The following Modules are intended to 
instill an "ecological literacy" --- a functional knowledge-base 
influencing not only our thinking and critical design judgment, but also 
our way of experiencing Life as a celebration of organic, evolutionary 
fullness and plenitude:

   1. Green Building and Retrofitting
   2. Local Food
   3. Appropriate Technology
   4. Restoring Nature
   5. Integrated Ecovillage Design

For more information: www.ecovillagedesignsouthwest.org 
<http://www.ecovillagedesignsouthwest.org>, Robert Griffin: 
505-366-4700, robert at globalfamily.net <mailto:robert at globalfamily.net>



The next community partnership meeting will be held on Tuesday morning, 
May 6, at 8 am at the Los Griegos Community Center located at 1231 
Candelaria Rd., NW in Albuquerque (west of 12th Street and Candelaria). 
Rebuild New Mexico is a not-for-profit organization concerned with 
improving energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings. Tim 
Cynova, P.E. and Senior Engineer for the Water Utilities Division for 
the City of Albuquerque will be speaking about the City of Albuquerque's 
Water Sustainability Program. Please join us 15 minutes early for coffee 
and networking at 7.45 am.  The event is free and open to the Public. 
For more info on any event please check our website at 
www.rebuildnewmexico.org <http://www.rebuildnewmexico.org>, call (505) 
768-5346 or email info at rebuildnewmexico.org 
<mailto:info at rebuildnewmexico.org>.



Music Festival & Environmental Sustainability Fair - music, fun and 
activities for everyone in the family. Enjoy the entertainment and learn 
about city services, incentives and local businesses to help you live 
AlbuquerqueGreen, promoting sustainability. Featuring music by 
Indigenous, Ruthie Foster and Keb'Mo'. Civic Plaza, 2:00PM to 7:15PM. 
Environmentally friendly businesses and organizations are encouraged to 
exhibit at the festival; applications on-line at www.albuquerquejam.org 
<http://www.albuquerquejam.org>. Deadline is May 9^th for applications.



The Albuquerque Chapter of NMSEA will meet on Tuesday, May 27, at 6:30 PM at the REI Recreational Equipment store (northwest of the intersection of I-25 and Montano). Thinking about doing something to save the earth, but not sure how far to go? Find your level of "green" comfort by learning about "green" products and building methods you may have never seen or heard of before. Cara Leigh, designer/owner and Jody Feyas, owner/builder of The Dream Home - Evolution in Design and Technology- will share insights about the home and cool new technology. Then, you decide what's right for you. There is no charge for our meetings, which are held every 4th Tuesday of the month at this time and location. We hope you will join us there! Contact information: 246-0400 or 888-886-6765, <http://www.nmsea.org> e-mail info at nmsea.org <mailto:info at nmsea.org>.

Give a presentation/talk: we are always looking for speakers at our monthly meetings, so if you would like to make a presentation, please contact us with your proposal. We are also looking for a new chapter leader, as mentioned above.






Rebecca Sobel, Wild Earth Guardians**

First of all, I wanted to thank you for your support of our Solar Santa 
Fe program - a process which allows for the City of Santa Fe use monies 
from municipal bonds to offer long term low interest loans to Santa Fe 
residents to offset the costs of purchasing solar electric, solar 
heating and efficiency measures. The program has passed through the City 
Council with a preliminary 60 day study (completed May 26) and a 
proposed $1 million dollar budget.
We at WildEarth are hoping to duplicate our efforts with this program in 
Albuquerque, but first we would like the City of Santa Fe to be bold 
models for this program. We're hoping to demonstrate widespread support 
and interest for the program so as to justify an increase in the $1 
million dollar budget. We'd like to provide opportunities for Santa Fe 
residents to sign up on a waiting list for the program, demonstrating 
the need for an increased budget in the future. We were thinking about 
hosting or collaborating with other organizations for solar events in 
which attendees could learn about the new program and sign up on a 
waiting list. I would love to know if there are any such opportunities 
with NMSEA in Santa Fe to achieve such objectives. Wouldn't it be great 
to highlight all the wonderful technological capital already present in 
the RE sector in Santa Fe, and then broadcast opportunities for citizen 
involvement? We're still brainstorming such ideas, so any suggestions 
you might have on how to build a large list of interested Santa Fe 
parties would be very much appreciated.
Please contact me to get a letter of support and fact sheet for the 
Rebecca Sobel, 505.988.9126 x1152**

rsobel at wildearthguardians.org>**



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five minutes in duration starting April 14, 2008. These will be 
broadcast on public radio station KUNM FM 89.9 and over other public 
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