[NMSEA-news] NMSEA News, Events & Announcements

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Fri Apr 22 11:51:18 MDT 2011

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*Here are the Latest News, Events & Announcements from NMSEA*

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* *//*2011 Solar Fiesta - Details Confirmed, Save the Date!*/
/**//**/*/* /**/NMSEA SunPaper Archives - Now Available Online/**//**/
* NMSEA on Facebook

* /**APRIL 22: 2nd Annual Lincoln County Renewable Energy Conference - 
/Ruidoso, NM
* /**APRIL 22: Film Screening "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold & a Land Ethic 
for Our Time" **/Silver City, //NM
/**/* /**APRIL 23: Gallup Solar Tour /- Gallup, NM/*
*/* /**APRIL 23: Earth Day in Penny Park - /Silver City, //NM/
**/* /**APRIL 23: Lincoln County **Self-Guided **Solar & Sustainability 
Tour 2011 -/ (near) Ruidoso, NM /*
** APRIL 26: NMSEA Albuquerque Chapter Meeting - /Albuquerque, NM
/*** APRIL 30: Earth Day Festival - /Los Alamos, NM/*
** APRIL 30: SynergyFest- /Las Vegas, NM/
* **MAY 1: "Party for PEEC" -** /Los Alamos, NM/
* MAY 7: NMSEA Electric Vehicles Basics Class - /Albuquerque, NM/**
*/ /MAY 21, 22, 28: NMSEA Electric Vehicles Conversion Class - 
/Albuquerque, NM/*


/*2011 Solar Fiesta - Details Confirmed, Save the Date!*/

Solar Fiesta will take place *August 27 & 28th* (10am-5pm), this year at 
Albuquerque Academy High School! 

A two-day renewable energy fair, the Solar Fiesta features exhibits and 
workshops about passive solar design, wind and solar electric systems, 
solar heating and cooling, alternative fuels and vehicles, solar 
cooking, rainwater catchment, and sustainable building materials, such 
as strawbale, bamboo and adobe. NMSEA also invites educational 
institutions, efficiency engineers and consultants, sustainable 
developers, financers of efficiency projects and recyclers.

The theme this year's event is "Building a Sustainable Lifestyle." 
Please stay tuned to the Solar Fiesta page 
<http://www.nmsea.org/Solar_Fiesta/Solar_Fiesta_2011/index.php> on the 
NMSEA website for additional event details regarding workshops, 
exhibitor options, ticket pricing, volunteer opportunities and more, 
coming soon!

*/NMSEA SunPaper Archives - Now Available Online
A selection of past SunPaper editions are now also available for 
reference online. For more details, please visit the NMSEA website 


NMSEA on Facebook*/

*New Mexico Solar Energy Association is on Facebook! 

*NMSEA is now also using this site to spread the word about our 
educational outreach, upcoming events & fundraising drives.
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*APRIL 22: 2nd Annual Lincoln County Renewable Energy Conference - 
/Ruidoso, NM


National keynote speaker, workshops, a secondary school clean energy 
project fair & a trade show will highlight the event.
Open to business, industry, the military and the general public.

For more information, please contact James Miller, Lincoln County 
Renewable Energy Initiative: (575) 937-2873

*APRIL 22: Film Screening "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold & a Land Ethic for 
Our Time" **/Silver City, //NM
7pm Silco Theater: *311 North Bullard Street, Silver City

As part of the celebration of Earth Day 2011, GRIP, Upper Gila Watershed 
Alliance, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and Aldo Leopold High School 
will be sponsoring a screening of this feature length film of Aldo 
Leopold, the man behind the nation's first wilderness area, the Gila 
Wilderness, designated in 1924.  A joint production of the Aldo Leopold 
Foundation, the US Forest Service, and the Center for Humans and 
Nature,/ Green Fire/ explores the life and legacy of this famed 
conservationist and the many ways his land ethic philosophy lives on in 
the work of people and organizations all over the country.  Guest 
speakers from Aldo Leopold High School and others will talk briefly 
about how Leopold's legacy continues in the Grant County community.  

Free admission; donations appreciated.  For more info about the film, 
visit www.greenfiremovie.com 


*APRIL 23: Gallup Solar Tours /- Gallup, NM/*

Starting 9am at the Courthouse Plaza in Gallup

See the Gallup High School's 50kW Concentrated PV System up close! Then 
check out the commercial PV at 305 Second and the Habitat for Humanity 
residential PV system.  For further details, meet at the Courthouse 
Plaza, or please email: david.brunt at gallupsolar.org

*APRIL 23: Earth Day & E-Waste Recycling in Penny Park - /Silver City/, NM

Join community organizations and businesses for the annual Earth Day at 
Penny Park Celebration on Saturday, April 23 from 10 am - 2pm.  Browse 
more than 30 booths, kids can participate in an Easter Egg Hunt, 
purchase your native plants, herbs, vegetables and rain barrels, and 
enjoy entertainment with belly dancers, folk songs, and more. 


Concurrent with Earth Day festivities, you can drop off your electronic 
waste at the 2nd annual E-Waste Recycling Event organized by the Silver 
City Recycling Committee. Drop-off location is the Stone-McGee parking 
lot directly to the north of Penny Park (entrance on Grant St.) 
Computers, monitors, VCR's, DVD's, games, cell phones, and burnt-out 
CFL's will be accepted, as well as regular recyclables. 
Microwaves,refrigerators, and other appliances will not be accepted. A 
voluntary $5 fee will be charged for old-style TV's and computer 
monitors paid via check or cash. For more information, contact Chuck 
Fuller at 313-0020 or email scearthday at gmail.com 
<mailto:scearthday at gmail.com>. 


Earth Day at Penny Park organized by Aldo Leopold High School, Gila 
Resources Information Project, Silver City Food Co-op, and the Town of 
Silver City Joint Office of Sustainability.  For further information, 
stop by! Or visit the Silver City event calendar online 


*APRIL 23: Lincoln County Self-Guided Solar & Sustainability Tour 2011 
-/ (near) Ruidoso, NM /

*10am-4pm  FREE Self-Guided tour

Participating hosts open their homes to the public to visit and learn 
about sustainable living techniques: solar electric, solar water 
heating, passive heating & cooling, organic gardening, rain water 
harvesting, building with recycled, reclaimed, and/or alternative 
materials, making biodiesel, and more.

For more information, please visit this blog 
<http://www.sacramentomountainssustainableliving.blogspot.com/>, or 
contact Dan Ray, danray1970 at yahoo.com <mailto:danray1970 at yahoo.com> or 
575-491-6014 <tel:575-491-6014> 


*APRIL 26: NMSEA Albuquerque Chapter Meeting - /Albuquerque, NM/*

6-8pm at REI Store, 1550 Mercantile Ave NE, 87107

Our meeting this month will cover Earth Day efforts to reduce our 
collective human “carbon footprint” as a planet. Planting trees is one 
way to offset human carbon emissions contributions, but another approach 
less commonly discussed, is supporting local agriculture. Eating local 
and organic foods, along with sun baking foods, also help our planet by 
reducing the overall energy inputs required to eat.

Join us for a visit with Brandy Price, Nutrition and Education 
Coordinator from Los Poblanos Organics farm,* *and sample ways a "box" 
of local, Organic fruits and vegetables can affordably feed family and 

Athena Christodoulou (NMSEA Albuquerque Chapter leader and ex- 
restaurateur) will take a typical LPO Harvest box and turn "raw" items 
into delectable (if not at least interesting) finger foods. This 
presentation will also include a simple introduction and ideas for 
baking foods in a solar oven.

** **

NMSEA Albuquerque Chapter meetings are FREE & Open to the Public - so 
bring a friend! Each person will be entered into a drawing with a winner 
every meeting.* *Experts and novices are all invited, and encouraged to 

For more information, please refer to NMSEA's Chapter information page 
online <http://nmsea.org/Chapters/index.php>.

*APRIL 30: Earth Day Festival - /Los Alamos, NM

/*10am– 2pm at PEEC, 3540 Orange Street, in Los Alamos

The Earth Day Festival will feature displays by community groups of 
their earth-friendly products and practices and their information about 
our environment on the Pajarito Plateau. Renaissance entertainment group 
Clan Tynker will perform. LASE Network will have a table at this annual 
event – drop by & enjoy the fun!

*APRIL 30: SynergyFest- /Las Vegas, NM

/*10am-4pm at Melody Park on the NM Highlands University campus, in 
historic Las Vegas

SynergyFest is a celebration of the potential for a sustainable future 
for the regional community surrounding Las Vegas, New Mexico.  Live 
music powered by solar panels, the Sunshine Children's Village, 
workshops, food and vendors provide a free, fun day for the entire family!

For more information, please visit www.synergyfest.com 
<http://www.synergyfest.com> or contact Cheryl Zebrowski at 505-718-6932

*MAY 1: "Party for PEEC" -** /Los Alamos, NM/*

4:30 – 7:30pm at Hilltop House Best Western

Join us for our annual "Party for PEEC," a benefit dinner to support the 
Nature Center. The party will feature a poetry reading entitled Poemas 
Verdes, an auction of services by local naturalists, and a unique meal 
prepared with foods that were brought to the Americas by the early 
Spanish explorers and settlers. It will be held Sunday, May 1, from 
4:30-7:30 at the Hilltop House.

Tickets: $50/adult, $95/couple, $20/youth (6-17).

For more information, please contact David Griggs of the Los Alamos 
Sustainable Energy Network, at: griggs2000 at hotmail.com

*MAY 7: NMSEA Electric Vehicles Basics Class - /Albuquerque, NM/*

9am -12:30 at the NMSEA office, 1009 Bradbury Dr. SE, Albuquerque 87106

NMSEA is again offering Electric Vehicles (EV) Basics & Safety Classes! 
The Basics class is a prerequisite for ALL subsequent NMSEA EV classes.
Locate professionals to assist you, and learn how you to convert your 
favorite truck or car body to an EV!

Members cost: $75
Non-Member cost: $85/

***Please note that the April 30 date for this class has changed to May 
7. The April class will no longer be available.***/
To schedule course registration and payment, please email: 
info at nmsea.org, or call (505) 246-0400 M or W-F, 9am - 12 noon.

*MAY 21, 22, 28: NMSEA Electric Vehicles Conversion Class **- 
/Albuquerque, NM/*

****PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT the Advanced EV Class****

EV Conversion Class for Small Trucks & Cars: 3 full days May 21, 22, & 28
/Registration and payment must be received by 5/18/
NMSEA Member cost: *$300; Non-Member cost: $325

Highlights of the class will include;
·        The sequence of procedures to ensure a safe efficient conversion.
·        Different combinations that best suit the needs of the customer 
and there particular conversion.
·        Demonstrations on high & low voltage wiring techniques and 
proper connector applications for large power cable and small instrument 
& analog wiring.
·        The students will be divided into small teams that will rotate 
through workstations where they will have hands on experience on wiring 
techniques and the      application to motors, controllers, etc.(None of 
the students doing the hands on work will be in contact with 
·        At the field/shop presentations the students will _observe_ the 
actual installation of the motor, controller, charger, and batteries.
·        The final day will include a preliminary test drive and 
evaluation of the vehicle.

    *The discount cost on the standard parts you will need for your 
conversion will about offset the cost of the classes, effectively making 
them free.
    *Apply as a candidate to have your vehicle converted.  Email Monte 
at solpwr at plateautel.net <mailto:solpwr at plateautel.net> for details on 
this or questions about the classes.
    *For class sign up and payment email info at nmsea.org 
<mailto:info at nmsea.org> or call (505) 246-0400 M or W-F: 9am – 12 noon


1009 Bradbury Dr. SE, # 35, Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-246-0400, 888-886-6765, Fax: 505-246-2251
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