[NMSEA-news] NMSEA Video Project: Outreach & Funding Opportunity

News from New Mexico Solar Energy Association nmsea-news at nmsea.org
Tue Nov 12 17:07:42 MST 2013

*NMSEA Educational Video Project:
Outreach & Funding Opportunity*

A Message from NMSEA (View Online Here) 


*New Frontiers


In the past year, NMSEA has begun a new approach to renewable energy 
education. The world of on-demand video has become obvious, as this is 
clearly how vast numbers of people are accessing information and 
entertainment. But as of two years ago, video production was a brand new 
frontier for us. The amazingly talented, intelligent and experienced 
people on our voting board and advisory board just didn't happen to have 
a great deal of experience in that area. It's not that our folks 
couldn't master the skills given a few years of practice, but great 
video production requires LOTS of experience. Going through the learning 
curve would not be an efficient use of our time.

But we met up with Toby Younis, and with great encouragement and 
patience from Toby (someone with almost as much experience in video as 
we have in solar), we began our journey.

However, because our credibility was on the line, NMSEA decided we 
should finance the first venture ourselves, without asking our members 
and other dedicated followers to invest in a project that was part of 
our primary area of expertise...that is, not until we'd proven that we 
could do it successfully.

*The Proof is in the Pudding


We're happy to report that with Toby's help, we achieved a high quality 
13-episode series called /Renewable New Mexico/. View the link to the 
trailer here. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWCYZteTp0A>
And here's the link to the first episode! 

The series has been running on Albuquerque's Channels 26 & 27 for the 
past year, as well as on the Santa Fe public access station. And you can 
find all of them on YouTube by searching under /Renewable New Mexico/. 
(This is real progress!)

So where are we now? NMSEA needs a show of support to move us forward 
with our video projects. First of all, we need to make more progress in:

 1. Duplicating and distributing the programs to all NM public access
 2. Making them available to public access stations nationwide;
 3. Advertising them with a Google Adwords campaign; and
 4. Publicizing them with our Facebook page and Twitter account.

We'd like you to consider these distribution and publicity efforts as 
our "current project." Each one of them has a beginning and an end. Each 
task will produce tangible results. We can demonstrate their completion. 
But if we don't complete them, we can't justify going on to more video 
projects, which we're hankering to do.

Our organization hosts such a storehouse of information in the minds of 
our state's solar pioneers, as evidenced by the people we interviewed in 
the /Renewable New Mexico series/. We want to get many of these people 
back into the studio to record their presentations of much more 
technical information. This is the kind of information we've presented 
year after year in low-cost or free workshops at our Solar Fiestas. Now 
it's time to record these experts in front of the cameras, upload them 
online and make their stories and knowledge available to the world!

As with most things, to accomplish something well requires time, energy 
and some money. So we need your support. Absolutely no exaggeration 
here! We _need_ your support!

Although our costs relative to value are low, it does not mean they're 
zero. To rephrase, "form follows funding." We believe we're on the right 
track with this outreach effort. Please show us you agree by offering a 
donation in any amount to help us continue sharing and developing new 
educational video content. Click here to make a contribution online now 
or send a check or money order donation to our office (address 
below).And remember, we're a tax-exempt nonprofit. Your donation is tax 

Thank you for your continued support and involvement,


*New Mexico**Solar Energy Association*
1009 Bradbury Dr. SE, # 35, Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-246-0400 <tel:505-246-0400>, 888-886-6765 <tel:888-886-6765>, Fax: 
505-246-2251 <tel:505-246-2251>
info at nmsea.org <mailto:info at nmsea.org> www.nmsea.org <http://www.nmsea.org/>

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