[NMSEA-news] NMSEA News, Events & Announcements

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Thu Jun 24 15:12:40 MDT 2010

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********** **JUNE 26-27: Taos Solar Music Festival & **Solar Village **- 
**** JUNE 26: National Town Meeting (Budget and Economy Focus) - ABQ*****
**** JUNE 29: ASES Technical Division Webinar - ONLINE
*** **JUNE 30: Green Drinks on the Train - SANTA FE*


** Solar Fiesta 2010 - Call for Speakers****
*** **CID Seeks Input on Proposed Codes*
**** Silver City/Grant County Office of Sustainability Now Open for Business


* JUNE 26: National Town Meeting (Budget and Economy Focus) - Albuquerque
Albuquerque Convention Center

Join thousands of concerned citizens with AmericaSpeaks for an 
unprecedented national conversation on our budget and economy in cities 
across the country, including Albuquerque. Together, we'll find common 
ground on the tough choices our nation will have to make in the years 
ahead in order to ensure that growing debt payments don't crowd out our 
national priorities.

You are invited to join a meeting taking place near you and add your own 
perspective to the discussion.Your participation is essential to the 
success of this effort. Register today at USABudgetDiscussion.org 
Participation is free, but seating is limited.

When you participate on June 26, you will be linked to thousands of 
other Americans around the country via satellite video and interactive 
technologies. Together we will learn about the basic budget challenges 
we're facing, and then we'll identify shared priorities and discuss 
options we have to reduce the national debt. The results of all the 
meetings across the US will be compiled into a report that will be 
submitted to the White House and Congress later this summer.

Visit USABudgetDiscussion.org 
to learn more about the project and www.AmericaSpeaks.org 
to learn more about AmericaSpeaks.

** **JUNE 26-27: Solar Village & Taos Solar Music Festival - Taos
New Mexico Solar Energy Association will be at the Taos Solar Music 
Festival - this weekend! Check out the Solar Village within the Taos 
Solar Music Fest venue at Kit Carson Park in downtown Taos!

Fun activities and educational information including a huge Sun Oven big 
enough to feed a Village, solar remote control cars, a fuel cell 
demonstration and of course the Sunchaser mobile classroom. 

Visit: http://www.solarmusicfest.com/event_information.php **for more 
info. Hope to see you there!

** JUNE 29: ASES Technical Division Webinar - Online*

Part of an ASES Webinar Series: the Solar Electric Division
4pm MST

*System Requirements:
*-PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000
** <https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/186662112>
-Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing 
information about joining the Webinar.

*Space is limited.*
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
S**end your questions now at: ChaptersQ&A at ases.org *and the panel will 
cover them in their presentations.
In addition, you will be able to ask additional questions during the 

The Solar Electric Division includes direct energy conversion of the 
sun's rays to electricity including photovoltaic (PV) energy technology, 
concentrating photovoltaic (CPV), and photovoltaic thermal technology 
(PV/T) that captures heat off the back side of PV cooling them thus 
making more electricity.

The Solar Electric Division of ASES is made up of a group of energy 
professionals that delve into all thing photovoltaic (PV) including the 
various PV technologies, various flat plate PV systems, concentrating 
PV, and PV and thermal (PV/T) technologies that use both the electricity 
and heat collected by the solar panel.

A star-studded panel is assembled to answer questions from ASES members 
and they are:
    - Marlene Brown will present hands-on solar expertise with a special 
focus on Women in Solar
    - Joseph McCabe will cover combining energy efficiency and PV 
(EE/PV) including building integrated PV (BIPV)
    - Jeff Lyng will give insight into distributed generation from solar 

Marlene is at Sandia National Labs, is a leader in the New Mexico Solar 
Energy Association as well as Women In Solar Energy, and is an ASES Fellow.

Jeff is currently working with the Colorado Governors Energy office. His 
previous experience includes success with the Solar Decathlon University 
of Colorado projects, and he is Chair Elect of the Board of Directors of 
the American Solar Energy Society.

Joseph is a twenty-year veteran of the solar industry, Chairperson of 
the Solar Electric Division, and is an ASES Fellow.

** **JUNE 30: Green Drinks on the Train - Santa Fe

Santa Fe Southern Depot, 410 South Guadalupe
6:40-8:40pm (Must arrive by 6:10pm)

We'll travel out to the Galisteo Basin and back for a warm summer ride. 
Last year we sold out at 200 people maximum capacity, so get on board 
with your reservation to ensure your seat on this green, hip networking 
event that is an authentic, irreplaceable link to our city's colorful past.

Carol Raymond, Santa Fe Southern Railway (SFSR) President and General 
Manager, will be our guest speaker.

Carol will share with us the history and current challenges of keeping 
the train on the rails and her green solution for developing rail 
freight in Santa Fe and serving the larger Northern New Mexico region.

Rail freight will benefit smaller shippers, especially those shipping 
commodities of our new energy economy: solar panels and turbines as well 
as solid waste and recycling to markets for energy and re-fabrication. 
Rail freight will improve air quality and reduce petroleum usage because 
SFSR uses biodiesel.  She believes it is critical to create a 
warehouse/trans-load facility--a rail freight port--within the I-25 
loop, and she'll show us where she envisions that en route from the train.

Bring cash to purchase local Santa Fe Brewing Company Complimentary 
goodies by restaurants along the tracks will be available.
Please support them by taking advantage of their special Green Drinks 
coupons and visit them when you get off the tracks: Back Road Pizza La 
Choza Flying Star Cafe and Zia Diner


** ** Solar Fiesta 2010 Call for Speakers*

This year's workshop series reflects the Fiesta's "Watt a Bright Idea!" 
theme of encouraging and educating Solar Fiesta attendees to go "green." 
The success of the workshops depends on NMSEA members and community.

As a solar professional or enthusiast, you may have a unique perspective 
on renewable energy, energy efficiency and/or sustainability. Would you 
consider sharing your expertise by participating in the 2010 Solar 
Fiesta Workshop Series, September _11-12_ ?  Last year the response was 
phenomenal, demonstrating your dedication to community education.  If 
you are interested in speaking this year, here's what you need to know:

1. Presentations: There are two types of presentations:
    - Workshops (1-hour presentation to the general public; beginning, 
intermediate and general interest topics)
    - Technical Sessions (20-minute presentations to industry peers and 
technically-minded folk; Sunday only)
2. For more information and to register your talk, click here: Call for 
Speakers Solar Fiesta 2010 
Or visit the NMSEA homepage or Fiesta page & follow the link.
3. The deadline for application is /*Monday, July 19, 2010*/.

Thank you for your participation and Have a Sunny Day!

Athena Christodoulou
NM Solar Fiesta 2010 Workshop Coordinator

** **CID Seeks Input on Proposed Codes**

*(via the publication, New Mexico Business Weekly)*

Comments from commercial and residential building trades professionals 
are being sought by the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department's 
Construction Industries Division on behalf of the proposed adoption of 
and amendments to the state's 2009 building codes.

Among the codes affected are the International Energy Conservation Code, 
Existing Building Code, Residential Code, Building Code; Earthen 
Building Materials, the Uniform Plumbing and Mechanical Code, and the 
2008 National Electrical Code.

"Code bodies revise the published codes approximately every three 
years," said Lisa Martinez, CID director, in a prepared statement. "The 
Technical Advisory Committee has been working since June 2009 reviewing 
life-safety matters for potential cost impacts to the industry as well 
as ease of implementation. In addition, the Division is proposing 
amendments to all the codes, particularly the International Energy Code, 
to address the energy conservation needs specific to the New Mexico 
building climate."

Those wishing to comment can fax them to the CID at (505) 476-4619, or 
deliver them to any CID office or to the Hearing Officer at the 
hearings. Comments must be turned in by July 1.

Public hearings are scheduled as follows:

. *June 28*, 10 a.m. -- 1 p.m., McGee Park Convention Center, #41 Road 
5568, Bloomfield Hwy., *Farmington*

. *June 29*, 9 a.m. -- Noon, City Council Chambers, 421 N. Richardson, 

. *June 30*, 10 a.m. -- 1 p.m., CID Conference Rm., 505 S. Main St., 
*Las Cruces*

. *July 1*, 9 a.m. -- Noon, CID Conference Rm., 2550 Cerrillos Road, 
Third Floor, *Santa Fe*

. *July 1*, 2 p.m. -- 5 p.m., CID Conference Rm., 5200 Oakland Ave. NE, 


** Silver City/Grant County Office of Sustainability Now Open for 
Business *

**With the appointment of its new director, Nick Sussillo, the joint 
Silver City/Grant County Office of Sustainability officially opened its 
doors in late April.  The new office will address the energy efficiency 
and conservation needs of town and county facilities, as well as provide 
residential energy efficiency upgrades free of charge to low income 
homeowners through its Neighborhood Blitz Program.  The office will also 
coordinate public education activities around energy efficiency and 
renewable energy in order to increase community awareness of fast and 
cost-efficient ways to increase home energy efficiency, including 
state/federal tax
incentives, green building and other rebates, and connection to low 
income weatherization services and the Silver City Home Rehabilitation 
"I believe that we're going to create something exciting here in Silver 
City/Grant County. Please join us as we move forward to make our 
community more energy efficient," stated Sussillo.  "We're thrilled that 
we have finally filled the Sustainability Director position and we are 
moving ahead with implementing our Climate Action Plan," replied Mary 
Stoecker, facilitator of the Silver City Climate Advisory Committee, the 
citizens' group that spearheaded the initiative to establish the office.  
The office is funded with a $341,000 Energy Efficiency Conservation 
Block Grant (EECBG) from the New Mexico Energy Minerals and Natural 
Resources Department. Grant County also contributed $126,000 in 
Department of Energy EECBG funding to the office.  Other activities to 
be undertaken by the new program include implementation of a renewable 
energy project, assist with green jobs opportunities, and help to 
implement a solar energy financing district
in the county.
The Office of Sustainability will reside organizationally within Silver 
City's Community Development Department, but will be physically located 
in the new Grant County Convention Center. To view an interview with 
Nick on The Morning Show, 
visit http://www.themorningshowlive.com/TV2010.html  
click on the May 14 show. For more information, contact Nick Sussillo 
at nick.sussillo at gmail.com <mailto:nick.sussillo at gmail.com> .
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