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Solar Enthusiasts!</span></p>
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 style="font-size: 14pt;">LEGISLATIVE ALERT:<o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
<p class="stylebefore5ptafter5pt0">SENATE BILL 257, TAX CREDIT:<br>
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<p class="stylebefore5ptafter5pt0">NMSEA has learned
that the proposed legislation for a <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName
 w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>
tax credit for the installation of solar and other renewable energy
systems is <b style="">not moving forward</b> for passage. This is
Senate Bill 257. If passed, this would add a 10% State tax credit to
the 30%
Federal credit that was approved in December, for a total credit of
40%. This
would be a much better incentive for property owners who can afford to
make the
investment. Unfortunately, State revenues have fallen, and this credit
would
further reduce those revenues. If you feel this is an important measure
for the
legislature to consider passing, please contact the bill&#8217;s sponsor, Tim
Keller,
and encourage he and his colleagues to get this passed. Here is contact
information for Senator Keller:</p>
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 style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 102, 153);">District:</span></p>
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 style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 102, 153);">17
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 style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 102, 153);">Bernalillo</span></p>
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 style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 102, 153);">Senator
Since:</span></p>
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      <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span
 style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 102, 153);">2009</span></p>
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 style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 102, 153);">Occupation:
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 style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 102, 153);">Businessman</span></p>
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 style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 102, 153);">Address:</span></p>
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 style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 102, 153);">11023
Vistazo Place SE</span></st1:address></st1:Street></p>
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 w:st="on"><span
 style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 102, 153);">Albuquerque</span></st1:City><span
 style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 102, 153);">,
      <st1:State w:st="on">NM</st1:State> <st1:PostalCode w:st="on">87123</st1:PostalCode></span></st1:place><span
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Phone:</span></p>
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      <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span
 style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 102, 153);">986-4260</span></p>
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Phone:</span></p>
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      <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span
 style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 102, 153);">(505)
332-9441</span></p>
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Phone:</span></p>
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 href="MAILTO:tk@timkellerfornewmexico.com"><span
 style="color: navy; text-decoration: none;">tk@timkellerfornewmexico.com</span></a></span></p>
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<p class="stylebefore5ptafter5pt0"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class="stylebefore5ptafter5pt0">SENATE BILL 647 &amp; HOUSE BILLS
893 and 572,
SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS:<br>
</p>
<p class="stylebefore5ptafter5pt0">These bills are apparently similar
and are being
considered by the NM legislature to authorize counties to offer loans
to
property owners for solar and other renewable energy installations. The
counties would bill owners along with their annual property tax
assessments.
Proponents advocate that this would provide lower loan costs and
promote the
growth of these systems. Opponents consider this predatory and are
concerned
about county ownership of these systems, possible liens against
property, and a
further government entanglement and corruption of mortgage banks. If
you feel
these bills deserve your support, you may contact Representative Brian
Egolf,
District: 47 County: Santa Fe Representative Since: 2009 Occupation:
Attorney
Address: 128 Grant Avenue, No. 301 <st1:City w:st="on">Santa Fe</st1:City>,
<st1:State w:st="on">NM</st1:State> <st1:PostalCode w:st="on">87501</st1:PostalCode>
Capitol Phone: 986-4211 Office Phone: (505) 986-9641 Home Phone: (505)
986-1782
E-mail: <a href="MAILTO:brian@brianegolf.com">brian@brianegolf.com</a></p>
<p class="stylebefore5ptafter5pt0">NOTE: NMSEA is an advocate for the
growth of
solar and other renewable energy (RE) system installations, and wishes
to
provide information to its membership on legislative actions. However,
NMSEA
does not claim to have a thorough knowledge of the consequences of any
legislation and encourages members to examine proposals for themselves
and
support legislation they feel will support the RE industry. </p>
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<p class="stylebefore5ptafter5pt0"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place
 w:st="on">NEW MEXICO</st1:place></st1:State> SOLAR ENERGY ASSOCIATION</p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style=""><st1:address w:st="on"><st1:Street
 w:st="on">1009 Bradbury Dr. SE, # 35</st1:Street>, <st1:City w:st="on">Albuquerque</st1:City>,
<st1:State w:st="on">NM</st1:State> <st1:PostalCode w:st="on">87106</st1:PostalCode></st1:address></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="">505-246-0400,
888-886-6765, Fax: 505-246-2251</p>
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 style="color: windowtext; text-decoration: none;">info@nmsea.org</span></a>
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