[NMSEA-news] NMSEA News, Events & Announcements

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Sat Jan 16 18:41:34 MST 2010


*Hi Solar Enthusiasts!
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_*ANNOUNCEMENTS*_
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* **Plan to Instal Photovoltaic Facilities in SE New Mexico**
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_*EVENTS*_

** **JAN 19:** Bienvenidos Building Bridges Initiative Trainings - 
Farmington, NM
*** **JAN 23:* *Economic Case for Passive Solar Design Presentation - 
Santa Fe*
** **JAN 23:* *Second Annual Solar Homes Tour on Saturday - Las Vegas, NM*
** **JAN 26:* *Santa Fe** Green Drinks - Santa Fe, NM*
** **JAN 27:** Bienvenidos Building Bridges Initiative Trainings - ABQ, NM
*** **JAN 29-30: Riofest International Environmental Film Festival - 
Socorro, NM **
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_*ANNOUNCEMENTS
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*Plan to Instal Photovoltaic Facilities in SE New Mexico
*The Associated Press. Copyright 2009. All rights reserved.* *

North America's largest solar energy services provider and a Western 
utility are planning to install five photovoltaic solar facilities in 
southeastern New Mexico. SunEdison and Xcel Energy's Southwestern Public 
Service Company say the 50 megawatt project will be one of the largest 
in North America. The five installations will be capable of generating 
enough electricity to power more than 10,000 homes.

The solar arrays will be located in Lea and Eddy counties. Xcel says the 
project will bolster rural economies and help the company meet renewable 
energy standards in New Mexico. The project will be built, financed and 
maintained by SunEdison under a 20-year agreement with Xcel, which will 
then buy the power. Officials expect the project to be fully operational 
by the end of 2011.

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_*EVENTS
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*JAN 19:** Bienvenidos Building Bridges Initiative Trainings - 
Farmington, NM*
9am-1pm: San Juan College, Farmington

Topic: “Program Evaluation” with Patty Emord, Ph.D.

Course explores how evaluation is frequently used in organizations, and 
the benefits and challenges of evaluating the programs. The Course will 
also cover how to develop your evaluation questions and purpose 
statement, compare and contrast different evaluation approaches, and how 
to select appropriate data collection methods for your evaluation 
questions.

To register, please contact: Matthew Loehman at matthew at helpnm.com 
<mailto:matthew at helpnm.com>, or Martha Aragon (505) 766-4907, 
Martha at helpnm.com <mailto:Martha at helpnm.com>.  

Please register as soon as possible. A lack of registrations may cause 
us to cancel trainings. There is no fee for either training.

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*JAN 23:* *Economic Case for Passive Solar Design Presentation - Santa 
Fe, NM*
Social: 6pm, Dinner: 6:30-7pm, Lecture: 7-8pm:  De Colores Restaurant

In 2000, 200+ houses in Los Alamos were destroyed by the Cerro Grande 
fire.  Only a few homes were rebuilt to take advantage of passive solar 
heating. The NM Solar Energy Association surveyed many people that 
rebuilt to ask why passive solar design hadn’t been included; some 
common responses were:
•    cost will be higher
•    contractor unfamiliar with the materials/techniques
•    it will delay the build
•    the bank won't loan money unless it has a full heating system 
anyway, so why bother?

Mark Chalom, an architect based in Santa Fe, will address the concerns 
above and relate some of his 20 years of experience in passive solar 
home design and construction.  The heating requirements of a passive 
solar Los Alamos home he designed after the fire will be examined, and 
compared to a few traditional construction homes in Los Alamos.  From 
this context, the economic case for passive solar design will be presented.

Mexican buffet (chips/salsa, green chicken enchiladas, rellenos, beef 
taco bar, green cilantro rice, pinto beans, tortillas and water. 
General Public is invited to attend. $10 for members & guests, $15 
non-members.

Cash Bar.  RSVP by January 21 to Mike Steinzig, 667-5772, or 
steinzig at lanl.gov <mailto:steinzig at lanl.gov>.

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*JAN 23:* *Second Annual Solar Homes Tour on Saturday - Las Vegas, NM*
10am-4pm

The goal for the tour is to show people real-life examples of utilizing 
solar energy, and "sustainability" more generally. These examples range 
from very low- to higher-tech: drying clothes on clotheslines, growing 
plants, passive solar heating and cooling, active solar water heating, 
photovoltaic installations, rainwater catchment and grey water reuse, 
backyard chicken-raising, and water and energy efficiency.

The tour will begin with a free "weatherization" demonstration, at the 
Las Vegas Arts Council building at 140 Bridge Street.  The public is 
invited to come and learn simple ways to save energy dollars in their homes.

This year’s tour includes three passive solar installations, two with 
active solar water heating systems and rainwater catchment 
installations.  An old adobe home converted to an energy efficient 
passive solar residence, a 1970s era Trombe wall home and a passive 
solar shop and residence will demonstrate low-tech, low-cost examples of 
how to utilize the sun’s power.  Memorial Middle School's greenhouse, 
photovoltaic, and wind turbine projects will demonstrate high tech 
energy solutions.  People familiar with application of passive and 
active solar principles will be available to answer your questions and 
discuss the process of utilizing the sun, including methods and 
materials, practical considerations, and tax incentives.

 Maps of the tour may be picked up at the Arts Council during the hours 
of the tour.  The self-paced tour will take place between 10 and 4.  The 
event is open to the public at no charge but donations are welcome. 

*The home tour will substitute for Sustainable LV’s usual monthly 
meetings, second Thursday of the month at 5:15 p.m. NMHU Donnelly 
Library, Rm. 325. *

For further information, call Emelie Olson at 454-3920 
eolson at desertgate.com <mailto:eolson at desertgate.com>.

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*JAN 26:* *Santa Fe** Green Drinks* -* Santa Fe, NM*
6.30-8.30pm: La Casa Sena La Cantina 125 E. Palace

Our focus for this month is the items on the legislative agenda that 
will affect our environment and local businesses in New Mexico with 
guest speakers from Conservation Voters New Mexico and Better Choices 
New Mexico.

Come enjoy Organic wine, Farm to Restaurant samples, good company, 
networking and fun!

UPCOMING GREEN DRINKS will fall on the last week of the month.
Days will differ due to scheduling adjustments.

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*JAN 27:** Bienvenidos Building Bridges Initiative Trainings - 
Albuquerque, NM*
9am-2pm (working Lunch): HELP-NM, 5101 Copper NE, ABQ

“Community Asset Mapping” with Patty Emord, Ph.D.

Course will introduce participants to Community Asset Mapping; including 
a comparison of needs assessments vs. assets mapping approaches. It will 
also give examples of how assets mapping can be used both within their 
organizations and their communities.

 To register please contact: Matthew Loehman at matthew at helpnm.com 
<mailto:matthew at helpnm.com>, or Martha Aragon (505) 766-4907, 
Martha at helpnm.com <mailto:Martha at helpnm.com>.  

Please register as soon as possible. A lack of registrations may cause 
us to cancel trainings. There is no fee for either training.

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*JAN 29-30: Riofest International Environmental Film Festival - Socorro, 
NM  *

This year’s theme will be “Solutions”. In keeping with our desire to inspire people about solutions to environmental problems, we would like to invite you 
to come and present your ideas and products. We are inviting vendors in the following categories: Clothing, housing, food, recycling, energy, everyday 
items and environmental advocates.  

If you feel like this would be of interest to you please contact Riofest at 575-312-1730 or email us at riofilmfest at gmail.com <mailto:riofilmfest at gmail.com>. 
Please feel free to visit our website at http://www.riofilmfest.com.

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