[NMSEA-news] NMSEA News, Events & Announcements

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Thu Feb 10 11:51:06 MST 2011

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

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/** FEBRUARY 15: SunPaper Deadline
* NEWS UPDATE! "PNM Withdraws Solar Access Fee"** */*/
* /**/NMSEA Members: "Regional Challenge" Science Fair Judges Needed!
/**/* NMSEA SunPaper Archives - Now Available Online/**//**/
* NMSEA on Facebook/*


*/*FEBRUARY 15: SunPaper Deadline*/*


The deadline for the submission of advertising, articles, and chapter 
news for the Nov/Dec SunPaper is Tuesday, February 15. If you wish to 
submit an article, you should know that preference is given to solar 
energy topics (PV, passive, technology, performance histories, 
incentives, cost benefits, etc.), but we will also consider other 
renewable energy subjects, as space allows. Please send submissions by 
e-mail directly to rhermansolar at aol.com <mailto:rhermansolar at aol.com>. 
(No .docx, please.)


*Advertising Rates*

* *

All advertising is in black and white, and photos and graphics must have 
a resolution of at least 250 dpi in JPEG, TIF, or PDF format. Text ads 
may be provided in MS Word (.doc) format (not .docx). Circulation is 
typically 800 for the SunPapers. The size requirements and prices for 
individual ads are as follows:

                        _Ad Size_                                   

            Full Page:        9½” H X 7” W            $122.00

            Half Page:       4¼” H X 7” W               $66.00

            Quarter Page:  4¼” H X 3½” W            $36.00

            Biz Card:         2”  H X 3½” W              $20.00

You will be billed upon publication.

Call 505-292-4375 for more information.

/*NEWS UPDATE! "PNM Withdraws Solar Access Fee"

Excerpt from ABQ Journal-Biz article, Wednesday, February 09, 2011:
/PNM Withdraws Solar Access Fee/ 

"Public Service Company of New Mexico has withdrawn a "solar access" fee 
critics claimed would damage the solar industry in the proposed rate 
agreement the utility filed with state regulators.

The original filing included an 8-cent-per-kilowatt-hour charge on 
owners of rooftop-type solar systems installed after the new rates take 
effect. But PNM agreed to take the charge out of the rate agreement 
filed last week...

Solar energy advocates claimed the proposed access fee would set back 
the growing industry and negate the credit incentives customers receive 
when they install small solar systems. PNM said customers with solar 
installations still depend on PNM for power at a moment's notice and 
that the fee would recover the customer share of the investment needed 
to maintain the system."

*Further details on this case will follow.  Please reference the 
complete ABQ Journal article & links below for additional information:*

“Policies May Retard PV Growth” by Randy Sadewic, NMSEA SunPaper, 
January/February 2011 issue.
_www.nmsea.org/Sunpaper/index.php _

Full text of HB 181 (the 2010 legislation that enables the PNM request): 

Full text of rate case 10-00086-UT filing at: 
To see PNM's explanation of the need for the rate rider, click on 
"Testimony and Exhibits,"  then Jim Mayhew testimony.

Position of Jason Marks, PRC representative for the Albuquerque Area: _
The PNM requested “solar access charge” is mentioned in the last sentence.

*/NMSEA Members: "Regional Challenge" Science Fair Judges Needed!/*

*NMSEA encourages students to work on SOLAR projects for The Regional 
Challenge Science Fair, held **March 17-19, 2011, and** we need NMSEA 
Members to help us decide the best solar projects! *

***Special Award judging will take place on Friday, March 18, 2010 from 
12:00pm (registration) until 3:45pm** (close of judging; students 

*Please consider doing this fun and worthwhile activity!  Put it on your 
calendar for next month and reply to Jim Palmer (jdPalmer at frontier.net 
<mailto:jdPalmer at frontier.net>) to affirm your commitment to the next 
solar generation!*

*/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 


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