[NMSEA-news] NMSEA News, Events & Announcements

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Fri Feb 20 13:21:32 MST 2009


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Hi Solar Enthusiasts!*

*Here are the latest events, workshops, 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!

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   -EVENTS-

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*FEBRUARY 24: ALBUQUERQUE CHAPTER MEETING, REI

6:30 PM.  REI Recreational Equipment store, I-25 and Montano, 1500 
Mercantile NE. 
Free and open to the public.*

*Meeting Topic: "Energy management for Homeowners"* by Jeffrey Granger 
of Granger Technologies, Inc.

Jeffrey Granger will speak on energy management for the home, energy 
audits, and becoming your own energy manager.  Jeffrey will present a 
brief overview of home construction, energy use, heat loss/gain, and 
what homeowners can do to save energy. Jeffrey began conducting 
residential energy audits in 1978, and currently trains auditors in 
Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and California.

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*FEBRUARY 25: BRAD LANCASTER ON RAINWATER HARVESTING, ABQ

6:30 PM.  Albuquerque Academy in the Performing Arts Building
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This lecture is free to the public, but seating is limited so come 
early.  Not to be missed! An amazing speaker, Brad Lancaster is also the 
author of "Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond" Volume 1 and 2. 
Brad is entertaining, informative and inspirational.

The lecture will be held in Gardenhire Hall, which is most easily 
accessed by entering AA off Wyoming through the Burlison Gate.  From 
there, turn right and head to the south parking lot. Enter Gardenhire 
Hall by going up the steps into Brown Hall (on the left side).

Check out Brad's website for details about his books and philosophy: 
http://www.harvestingrainwater.com/


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*FEBRUARY 25:  U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL SALON SERIES, ABQ**

*The USGBC NM Chapter is holding a series of programs called "Salons," 
to discuss topics on green building issues, materials and LEED 
strategies.  Each topic will host an invited "expert." The role of the 
expert is to bring technical information to guide the talk and offer 
high level content.  After a brief presentation, a round table format 
(self introduction in a circle, group discussion) will begin. 
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*Topic: Green Jobs in New Mexico -- What Can the Future Hold?*

This Salon will Discuss:

*    *Definitions of green jobs and how they apply to NM
    *What "green jobs" training programs there are in NM
    *The statewide Green Jobs Initiative underway
    *Comments and notes from the "Good Jobs, Green Jobs"
    *Conference in Washington DC Feb 4 -- 7, 2009
    *U.S. Green Building Council New Mexico Chapter

*With Hosted Speaker: *
    Sandra McCardell, Green Jobs Coordinator for Regional Development 
Corporation

*For more information on all the USGBC NM Chapter's Events, visit: 
www.usgbcnm.org <http://www.usgbcnm.org>

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FEBRUARY 23 -APRIL 5:  "BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE"  *
*SUSTAINABLE HOME DESIGN ONLINE COURSE ***
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Building for the Future Online will focus on the principles behind 
designing and building residential structures that achieve optimal 
year-round comfort, reduce energy consumption, improve indoor air 
quality, and limit environmental impact. The emphasis is on integrated 
design using a whole-building approach, applying building science and 
integrating green design strategies into the built environment. Also 
covered will be the synergistic relationship between climate-sensitive 
design and natural building materials. The online sessions include more 
case studies of successful sustainable homes, the /Building with 
Awareness/ DVD, the book /Your Green Home/, industry related hand-outs 
and a wealth of internet resource links. Students can also earn college 
credit for all online courses through Madison Area Technical College.

*Time Requirements: *You can work on the Building for the Future Online 
course at ANYTIME, but you will generally need between 8-15 hrs/week to 
complete assignments/quizzes and participate in online discussions. This 
is an average/estimate and will vary based on user's computer/internet 
connection and previous experience/understanding of the subject matter.

/The Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technologies (CERET) 
offers certificates in Renewable Energy to provide students with the 
theoretical knowledge necessary to begin a career in energy management 
and renewable energy technology. Certificates are granted through 
Madison Area Technical College (MATC). SEI's online courses qualify for 
college credits through MATC and towards a Renewable Energy Certificate.

/*Register online or call:*  970-963-8855  www.solarenergy.org

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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
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*For more info, see:  www.pvexpo.jp/en/con/  *

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FEBRUARY 26:  IREC TELEPHONE SEMINAR -- RECESSION & THE SOLAR MARKET*

This seminar is presented by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council 
with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar America 
Initiative.2pm EDT (noon MDT).

During this 1 hour and 15 minute conference call, Mark Crowdis and 
Travis Bradford will explore the future of solar markets during the 
current economic downturn. These industry experts will offer insight 
into the effect of the credit crunch on financing opportunities for 
renewables, outline the status of federal tax credits, and highlight the 
role of federal and state governments in keeping the renewable sector 
afloat.

Please join us for this timely and informative discussion. Several days 
before the seminar you will receive dial in instructions and the 
presentation file to follow during the seminar.

There is no cost to participate in the seminar. Register at 
http://recession.eventbrite.com/

(You  will receive dial in instructions and the presentation file to 
follow during the seminar.)

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*FEBRUARY 27: ALBQUERQUE GREEN DRINKS
**O'NIELL'S PUB*  Party/Banquet Room,  4310 Central Ave SE @ Washington in East Nob Hill, Albuquerque
5:30-7:30pm
 
This year we will have fewer, but more organized events. The causal atmosphere of Green Drinks for networking and mingling will still remain, but each (free) 
event will feature a theme, a presenter and/or a sponsor. 

The Emerging Green Builders are hosting the night with a theme on green collar jobs, environmental justice and the green economy in New Mexico. 
Experts working on these issues will be in attendance with information on policy updates, ways for you to get involved and more!  

Thanks to EGB's sponsor for the evening, Daylighting Solutions!

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*FEBRUARY 28, MARCH 1: CONSERVATION & XERISCAPE EXPO, ABQ*
Lujan Bldg, Expo-NM (State Fair Grounds)

The entire event and classes on water conservation and xeriscape are 
free and open to the public. Over 7000 attendees expected, over 250 
exhibit spaces and seminars all day both days. NMSEA will have a table 
there.

* We need volunteers for set up all day, Friday Feb 27! *

The event is indoors, although there may be some displays in the patio 
area (weather permitting).  If you can help any time, call the office or 
reply to mailto:dleeclean at yahoo.com.

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*MARCH 7-8: GENERATION 2000 ECO FIESTA, EL PASO*

Generation 2000 is a two day event that encourages children and parents 
to work together in over 100 specialty events, booths, games and 
interactive displays that are aimed at entertaining and educating 
children of all ages.

As in the past, Generation 2000 will still have Mini Golf, Giant 
Bubbles, Science Area, Clowns, Mural Painting, Giant Sand Tables, 
Beading Area, and more fun stuff for the whole family. Pazos will also 
be on hand with several interactive games and rides such as the Rock 
Wall Climb, Belly Bouncers, Jump House, and lots more.

*Location:* El Paso Convention Center
*Admission:* Adults $6, Children $4 (Ticket prices are subject to change)
*Phone:* 915.880.5777

*For further information, visit: **http://www.generation2000.net/main.html *

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*MARCH 10-12: RENEWABLE ENERGY CONFERENCE & EXPO, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA*

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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*MARCH 12: SUSTAINABLE LAS VEGAS MEETING
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The next meeting of Sustainable Las Vegas Lee Einer will give a talk 
entitled "Welcoming water back to your land."

*As usual, we will meet at Digital Arts Photography Studio at 428-A 
Grand Avenue, (second floor).*

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*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 explore such 
developments as going public and mergers and acquisitions.

The portion of the Summit brings 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. These market 
players will provide the latest intelligence on the current market 
environment for putting together solar power project deals and discuss 
what they are looking for when they get involved in deals, what future 
opportunities exist for partners and investors and how to successfully 
get deals done in 2009 and beyond.

*See 
http://www.infocastinc.com/index.php/conference/solar09/registration for 
details.*

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   -ANNOUNCEMENTS-

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*VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO SUPPORT 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, and type "VOLUNTEER 
FOR NMSEA" in the subject line. 
Tell Deena what part of the state you live, and she will get you hooked 
up with the right people! 

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*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, 
we're 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, microbrews & wine.

Lineup, tickets and schedule will be announced in coming weeks.  See you 
in June!

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*NEW MEXICO** 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.  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.

*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

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    NM WIRED GREEN TECHNOLOGY JOB FAIR- RESERVE A BOOTH!

"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>
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    NATIONAL CALL TO ACTION!

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.*


    ...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

*info at nmsea.org <mailto:info at nmsea.org> www.nmsea.org 
<http://www.nmsea.org/>*

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