[NMSEA-news] NMSEA News, Events, and Announcements

News from New Mexico Solar Energy Association nmsea-news at nmsea.org
Wed Feb 4 15:32:44 MST 2009


Hi Solar Enthusiasts!

Here are the latest events, news items, and announcements.

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


  EVENTS CALENDAR

FEBRUARY 7: LAS VEGAS SOLAR OPEN HOUSES

Three Las Vegas, NM, residences will be featured as Solar Open Houses, 
open from 11 am to 4 pm on this day.  Each is a retrofitted house. One 
is an historic adobe and another is a turn-of-the century stone house, 
both with greenhouse additions.  The third house is a 50s ranch-style 
house with various sustainable features, ranging from a chicken tractor 
to solar water and photovoltaic installations.  For further information, 
call Emelie at 505-454-3920.

FEBRUARY 12: LOS ALAMOS MEETING, LASE NETWORK

7:00 PM, Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network at the Pajarito 
Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange Street. Larry Mapes, 
speaker, on "Solar Energy Systems and Best Applications for Homes or 
Businesses." Larry is a member of the Radiant Panel Association, Solar 
Industries Association, the American Solar Energy Society, and holds a 
seat on the Solar Thermal Task Force formed by the North American Board 
of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) that has established a 
national certification program for installers. He has lobbied 
professionally for the wind and solar industries in the NM State 
Legislature for renewable energy incentives. He presently teaches solar 
integration, energy issues and how those issues relate to the building 
trades as an adjunct professor at the UNM Taos Campus. He formed 
ThermaSun Inc. in 2006, which is manufacturing solar thermal systems 
that allow average plumbers to complete successful installations with 
consistent results.

FEBRUARY 12: SUSTAINABLE LAS VEGAS MEETING

The next meeting of Sustainable Las Vegas will be Thursday, February 12, 
when Joe Whiteman will talk about an Outdoor Lighting Initiative. As 
usual, we will meet at Digital Arts Photography Studio at 428-A Grand 
Avenue (second floor).

FEBRUARY 15: SUNPAPER DUE DATE FOR NEWS & ADVERTISING

If you have an article, advertising, or a calendar item for the 
March/April issue, please forward it to the office by Feb. 15. We will 
make an effort to publish close to the first of March. Do you have a 
story to tell or an opinion to express? Priority for articles and events 
is given to those relating to solar energy, but we include other news 
and activities, too. See a previous SunPaper for advertising guidelines 
and rates (p. 2).

MARCH 25-27: SOLAR FINANCE & INVESTMENT SUMMIT, SAN DIEGO

This Summit focuses on solar power company financing. It brings together 
solar companies, venture capitalists, private equity, investment 
bankers, lenders and other financial players to explore the 
opportunities for solar companies to fund their growth, research and 
development, and construction of projects. It will also explore such 
developments as going public and mergers and acquisitions. It will also 
bring together leading utility scale and commercial/industrial/ 
government project developers, investors, lenders, solar technology 
companies and other key industry players to share their perspectives on 
the latest innovations and developments in the solar power project 
finance and investment market and discuss what it takes to profit from 
the increasing flow of solar project deals. See 
http://www.infocastinc.com/index.php/conference/solar09/registration for 
details.

FEBRUARY 25: BRAD LANCASTER ON RAINWATER HARVESTING, ABQ

An amazing speaker, Brad Lancaster will be lecturing at Albuquerque 
Academy in the Performing Arts building.  This lecture is free to the 
public, but seating is limited, so come early.  Brad is the author of 
"Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond" Volume 1 and 2. Brad is 
entertaining, informative and inspirational.  Not to be missed. Check 
out this website for details about his books and philosophy: 
http://www.harvestingrainwater.com/

FEBRUARY 25-27: PV EXPO 2009, TOKYO, JAPAN

2nd International Photovoltaic Power Generation Expo, West Halls, Tokyo 
Big Sight, Japan. Devices, materials, evaluation, testing, 
manufacturing, cells/modules, systems integration. See 
www.pvexpo.jp/en/con/.

FEBRUARY 28, MARCH 1: CONSERVATION & XERISCAPE EXPO, ABQ

Lujan Bldg, Expo-NM (State Fair Grounds). Over 7000 attendees expected, 
over 250 exhibit spaces and seminars all day both days. The entire event 
and classes on water conservation and xeriscape are free and open to the 
public.

MARCH 10-12: RENEWABLE ENERGY CONFERENCE & EXPO, LVNV

North American World Conference and Expo, Rio All-Suite Hotel and 
Casino, Las Vegas, NV. Organized by Pennwell and Renewable Energy World, 
this event connects 5,000 renewable energy power professionals with 300 
exhibitors for three days of networking, new business negotiation and 
the exchange of important ideas and information impacting the renewable 
energy industry today. The Geothermal Energy Association has put 
together panels for the geothermal conference and will also have a booth 
on the Expo floor. For more information including links to register as 
an attendee or exhibitors, please visit 
http://rewna09.events.pennnet.com/fl//index.cfm 
<http://rewna09.events.pennnet.com/fl/index.cfm>


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  ANNOUNCEMENTS


    *Volunteers Needed, *NMSEA:

Are you looking to get involved and spread the word about 
sustainability, solar and renewable energies?  Do you want to bake 
cookies in the sun and share the magic of a solar fountain?  We could 
use your help!  If you would like to volunteer with NMSEA and help 
spread the word about sustainability and renewable energy we are happy 
to have you.  This is the time of year when events start to line up and 
we are looking for folks across the state. Earth Day is right around the 
corner and springtime is our busiest season.  With chapters and events 
all around the state we need you!  Technical or in depth knowledge is 
not necessary.  Enthusiasm and a willingness to talk with the public is 
all that's needed. We are also looking for a small group of people to be 
on an events committee to help evaluate invitations, keep track of 
accepted offers and volunteers, and monitor equipment and demos for 
different events.Please contact Deena Klein at dleeclean at yahoo.com 
<mailto:dleeclean at yahoo.com> for more information. Please type VOLUNTEER 
FOR NMSEA in the subject line.  If you tell her in what part of the 
state you live, she will get you hooked up with the right people.

The Thirsty Ear Festival has moved to a new date - June 12-14! After 9 
years of Labor Day weekend festivities just south of Santa Fe, they are 
moving the date to mid-June for much milder weather. This makes Thirsty 
Ear the first major festival of the summer season rather than the last. 
Folk music, blues, Cajun, zydeco, roots rock, bluegrass & alt-country 
artists on multiple stages. Camping, kids' activities, arts & crafts, 
educational demonstrations, zydeco & Cajun dance lessons. Solar & 
sustainable energy exhibits. Local food, micro-brews & wine. Lineup, 
tickets and schedule will be announced in coming weeks.  See you in June!


    NM Legislative Session:

If you can attend sessions of the New Mexico Legislature now in session, 
please report to the NMSEA office with any news and alerts that affect 
solar and renewable energy. Here are some key dates:

February 19 - Deadline for introduction of legislation

March 21 - Session ends (noon)

April 10 - Legislation not acted upon by governor is pocket vetoed

June 19 - Effective date of legislation not carrying an emergency clause 
or other specified date

Sessions are held at the New Mexico State Capitol (the Roundhouse), 
which is located at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de 
Peralta in Santa Fe.


    Reserve a booth at the NM WIRED Green Technology Job Fair

"Workforce of the Future" will feature industries targeted by the NM 
WIRED Project, including advanced manufacturing, aviation, green 
building construction, microelectronics, optics, and renewable energy. 
Reserve your booth now for the April 16 fair, 3:00 -- 6:00 PM at the UNM 
Continuing Ed Center, 1634 University NE. Booths are free, but space is 
limited, so please contact Ingrid Baker at ingrid.e.baker at LMCO.com 
<mailto:ingrid.e.baker at LMCO.com>


    National Call to Action by Ed Mazria:

In a letter to the American Institute of Architects recently, Santa Fe 
architect Ed Mazria issued a personal plea for phone calls, FAXs, 
letters, and personal visits to our representatives in Washington, DC, 
for a "Two-Year, Nine-Million-Jobs Investment Plan" for the building 
sector. Many architects are attending the Grassroots Leadership and 
Legislative Conference in DC to hand-deliver this plan, which requests 
funding from the left-over TARP money. Download the plan at 
http://www.architecture2030.org/downloads/2030stimulusplan.pdf. Ed is a 
long-time advocate of sustainable architecture and author of /The 
Passive Solar Energy Book/, a classic.


    ... and SEIA:

The Solar Energy Industries Association is also asking support for 
legislation that would allow cash refunds in lieu of tax credits when 
owners have no tax liability. There is also action underway to grant tax 
credits to American manufacturers of renewable energy systems. See 
www.seia.org for more news and action alerts.

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NEW MEXICO SOLAR ENERGY ASSOCIATION

1009 Bradbury Dr. SE, # 35, Albuquerque, NM 87106

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

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