[NMSEA-news] NMSEA News, Events & Announcements

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Tue Sep 4 14:28:00 MDT 2012

Greetings, Solar Supporters!
Here are the Latest News, Events & Announcements from NMSEA
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- ***SunPaper 40th Anniversary Issue!
***- ***NMSEA Solar Fiesta
*- ***Urge the Government to Restore PACE Financing for Local Clean 
Energy & Efficiency Programs by Sept 13! *
- ***New DOE Investments to Accelerate Breakthroughs in Cost-Competitive 


- *****Sept 5: *Federal Sustainability Requirements & LANL*** –/ Los 
Alamos, NM
/*- *****Sept 15: *Next Big Idea Festival*** –/ Los Alamos, NM/***


*SunPaper 40th Anniversary Issue!*

The Nov/Dec issue of the NMSEA SunPaper will be devoted to NMSEA's 40TH 
We need YOUR "Historical Perspective" articles, stories, anecdotes & photos!

Please send materials to our SunPaper editor: rhermansolar at aol.com by 
October 15.

*NMSEA Solar Fiesta**

**Now Scheduled for Spring 2013!

You may have noticed a lack of advertising for the Solar Fiesta this 
year. That’s because the NMSEA Board of Directors decided to move the 
Fiesta from its usual Fall season to the Spring.
Plans are being made to hold our next great event sometime around Earth 
Day in 2013. Please continue to check back to the NMSEA website for 
further updates!

*Urge the Government to Restore PACE Financing for Local Clean Energy & 
Efficiency Programs by Sept 13!

The PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program is an innovative way 
to get homeowners and businesses money to invest in energy improvements 
and create jobs. But in 2010 the Federal Housing Finance Agency halted 
PACE Programs 
Thanks to a legal victory, there’s one more chance for PACE supporters 
to tell the federal government to bring back the popular clean energy 
finance programs for homeowners. 

Before the September 13th deadline, Please Submit Your Comment 
urging the federal government to to restore PACE programs!

*New DOE Investments to Accelerate Breakthroughs in Cost-Competitive Solar*

Building off SunShot Initiative investments in concentrating solar 
power, the Energy Department recently announced five new research 
projects to accelerate innovations that could lower the cost of 
photovoltaic and concentrating solar power technologies. These 
investments will enable collaborative research teams from industry, 
universities, and national laboratories to work together at the 
Department's Scientific User Facilities, a national network of unique 
facilities that provide over 10,000 scientists and engineers each year 
with open access to some of the best instruments and tools in the world, 
including x-ray sources, accelerators, supercomputers and nanoscale 
research centers.

"The past decade has seen explosive growth in the global solar energy 
market. American companies are helping to lead this dramatic 
progress—driving lower costs and introducing new, better performing 
technologies into the marketplace. These collaborative projects 
announced today harness the immense capabilities of our Scientific User 
Facilities to invent and deploy new technologies that will strengthen 
American manufacturing and technical competitiveness," said Secretary 
Chu. "As part of President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy, 
advanced solar energy technologies are helping to provide clean, 
renewable electricity for homes and businesses across the country while 
diversifying the United States' energy economy."

See a Full List of ProjectsPDF 

These projects are part of the Energy Department's broader efforts to 
encourage collaboration among engineers and scientists who are 
developing advanced solar power technologies and research teams using 
the tools and expertise of the Scientific User Facilities. By leveraging 
the skills and resources of private industry, universities, and national 
laboratories, these projects will help rapidly apply fundamental 
scientific discoveries to existing product lines and projects, 
accelerating higher levels of performance and greater cost reductions 
across the industry.

The SunShot Initiative 
<http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/sunshot/index.html> is a 
collaborative national effort to make solar energy cost competitive with 
other forms of energy by the end of the decade. Inspired by President 
Kennedy's "Moon Shot" program that put the first man on the moon, the 
SunShot Initiative has created new momentum for the solar industry by 
highlighting the need for American competitiveness in the clean energy race.




*Sept 5: *Federal Sustainability Requirements & LANL*** –/ Los Alamos, 
/***7pm @ Mesa Public Library - Upstairs Meeting Rooms 2 & 3

This program is co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Los Alamos 
Sustainable Energy Network (LASE Network).
Speaker: Monica Witt - Utilities & Institutional Facilities Energy 
Manager At LANL

We are excited to start off the Fall Season with Monica Witt. A former 
member of the Sustainability Board of Los Alamos County, she is well 
known to many of us and will give us valuable insight into the 
sustainability activity at the Lab. Monica Witt has worked at Los Alamos 
National Laboratory for 10 years in the environmental and energy 
management fields.  She has a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies 
and is the Utilities & Institutional Facilities Energy Manager.  She is 
responsible for implementing projects to reduce energy and water to meet 
the Laboratory's Sustainability goals. 

Monica will discuss the federal Sustainability requirements and what 
LANL is working on to meet important energy, water, and greenhouse gas 
reduction goals. 

*Sept 15: *Next Big Idea Festival*** –/ Los Alamos, NM/*
11am-3pm @ Fuller Lodge & Lawn, Central Avenue - Downtown Los Alamos

A family-friendly event, highlighting Los Alamos’ unique, creative and 
scientific heritage. It is designed to inspire, illuminate and educate 
through science, technology, arts, food and music. And, its FREE!

The festival features an interactive line-up of exhibitors. The Next Big 
Idea Festival has hosted exhibitor's such as Los Alamos National 
Laboratories, the Northern New Mexico Electric Vehicle Association, 
Santa Fe Children's Museum, Los Alamos Police Department Bomb Squad, Los 
Alamos Visualization Associates and Procter & Gamble's CHeAPARRAL 2J-2 

This year, we have designated Kid's Activity Area with hands-on science 
fun, pet area, 'trashion' (recycle fashion show), entertainment - three 
bands, food, electric cars, Kraz-E-Science demonstrations, and much, 
much more all located at Fuller Lodge and lawn.


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