[NMSEA-news] NMSEA Events and Announcements (wth Taos Solar Music Festival Update!)
News from New Mexico Solar Energy Association
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Tue Jun 17 16:45:39 MDT 2008
Hi Solar Enthusiasts!
Here are the latest events, workshops, and announcements.
Please see the NMSEA Event Calendar for a more complete listing of
If you have questions or comments, please contact us! We value your input!
NEW MEXICO SOLAR ENERGY ASSOCIATION
1009 Bradbury St SE, Ste. 35, Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-246-0400, 888-886-6765, Fax: 505-246-2251
info at nmsea.org <mailto:info at nmsea.org>, or visit our website:
BECOME THE ALBUQUERQUE CHAPTER LEADER!
NMSEA has an immediate opening for the volunteer position of Albuquerque
chapter leader. This opportunity involves setting up and running chapter
presentation meetings once a month at a set time and location (currently
6:30pm on the 4th Tuesday each month at the REI Recreational Equipment
store). You would be responsible for contacting prospective speakers,
coordinating with our media person for advertising, and setting up the
room at REI and packing up after the event. If you are organized and
detail-oriented, have good people skills, and are interested in solar
energy and sustainability, we are looking for you. This position may
require 5-10 hours a month (including the night of the meeting)
depending on your connections and skills. We will provide an organizing
template, and speakers are already scheduled for May and June. Please
contact Deena Klein at dleeclean at yahoo.com <mailto:dleeclean at yahoo.com>
and put "Chapter Leader" in the subject heading. This is a great chance
for you to support NMSEA and to get to know the industry and community!
EVENT CALENDAR, SUMMARY (Scroll down for details.)
June 20: Green Business Monthly Networking Breakfast
June 21: Community Housing Resource Fair
June 22: "A Festival of Giving" Celebration
June 24: Green Drinks
June 27-29: Taos Solar Music Festival
**July 2-23: Electric Vehicles Hybrid &Conversion Class
Check out Sustainable ABQ's website for other events in and around
ANNOUNCMENTS SUMMARY (Scroll down for details.)
*** Urge Congress to extend the renewable energy tax credit.
*** Solar Santa Fe -- Get on the waiting list for City loan program for
solar electric and conservation.
*** The New Mexico Clean Energy Update - News Programs on Local Public
*** Call for Workshop Instructors/ Participants/ Hosts
*** Solar Cooking & Photography Contest
*** Green Power Leadership Awards Nomination Period Now Open
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JUNE 20: GREEN BUSINESS MONTHLY NETWORKING BREAKFAST
Friday, 7:30am -9am Whole Foods Market in Santa Fe (meet in the smaller
building facing Cerillos Rd)
Guest speaker Santa Fe Watershed Association board president,
Francois-Marie Patorni, will give a briefing on the Watershed
Association's position on restoring water to the river, and explain why
it's in the interests of the business community (not to mention the rest
of the community!) to have a functioning river.
Free and open to the entire community. Complimentary coffee, pastries,
and meeting space provided by Whole Foods Market.
For more information, please contact Matthew Ellis at
hopscotchdesign at hotmail.com
Sponsored by: Whole Foods Market and Santa Fe Alliance
JUNE 21: COMMUNITY HOUSING RESOURCE FAIR (near Silver City)
Saturday, 9am-1pm Bayard Community Center, 290 Hurley Ave., Bayard, NM
JUNE 22: "A FESTIVAL OF GIVING" CELEBRATION
The Network of Spiritual Progressives of Northern NM and Warehouse21 are
the 2nd Annual Generosity Sunday: Celebrating "A Festival of Giving."
This festival offers opportunities to share sustainable and regenerative
living practices that recognize and celebrate reliance upon the bounty
of the Earth, cooperation, and creativity.
Many businesses are generously offering support for this event, and the
list keeps growing! Among them are Albertsons, Lowe's Super Save,
Smith's Food, Trader Joes, Whole Foods Market, Pranzo's Italian Grill,
Subway, Furr Family Dining, Cowgirl Hall of Fame.
La Montanita Coop and Santa Fe Hemp will be holding give-aways that day
at their stores, and the City of Santa Fe will also offer free bus
service that entire Sunday anywhere in Santa Fe!
All in the community are invited to share offerings of free food &
giveaways, ideas, art, poetry, dance, music and storytelling. An open
mic will be available for generosity stories and poems, and a free wall
for artistic expression will be available, along with musical
performances by Harambe and other youth groups, (on a solar-powered
sound stage from the NM Solar Energy Association). Skateboard artists
are also welcome.
For more information about this event, please email
networks at networkearth.org or contact Shannyn at (505) 989-4482.
JUNE 24: GREEN DRINKS
Tuesday, 6:30pm Railyard Restaurant and Saloon, Guadalupe St. (in Santa
Fe), on the front patio
The guest speaker this month is Nate Downey, co-owner of Santa Fe
Permaculture, an eco-landscape design and consultation firm. Nate will
speak about water harvesting: passive, active, wastewater, and
community, highlighting research from his forthcoming book, "Harvest the
Rain: How to Add to Your Home's Value and Your Quality of Life While
Doing Your Part to Sustain Our Natural Resources."
Meet, mingle, and learn about what you can do to act locally and effect
positive change in the face of global crisis!
Visit _www.greendrinks.org_ for more info.
JUNE 27-29: TAOS SOLAR MUSIC FESTIVAL
The NM Solar Energy Association will proudly host the 10th Annual Solar
Village at the Taos Solar Music Festival. This colorful village of
exhibits offers ongoing demonstrations of solar energy use: freshly
baked sun oven cookies, solar race cars, water to hydrogen fuel cell
demonstration, kids activities, adult learning opportunities, and
literature from organizations including non-profit renewable energy
organizations, environmental and wildlife protection groups, green
builders, solar and wind technicians and installers, and more!
The 2008 musical lineup includes Steve Earle, Susan Tedeschi, Collective
Soul, Allison Moorer, Pacifika, and The Coup.
Come experience great music, interactive alternative energy displays,
exquisite views, and new ideas while honoring the cultural diversity and
environment in this northern New Mexican community. Kit Carson Park,
Go to _www.solarmusicfest.com_ for ticket information and event details.
Plus! VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED!
To volunteer with NMSEA in the Solar Village please contact Karlis at
solar at newmex.com.
JULY 2-23: ELECTRIC VEHICLES HYBRID & CONVERSION CLASS
4 weeks, Wednesdays (7/2-7/23), 6-8pm (UNM, Los Alamos)
An introduction to Electric Vehicles (EV), Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Vehicles (PHEV), and the Basic of "How to Convert" a gasoline/diesel
fueled car to a non-polluting EV. What is currently available for
purchase today and likely future (1-3 years) manufacturers. Lectures,
videos, and hands-on driving of a neighborhood EV.
For more info contact greenwheels at newmexico.com, or check the UNM-LA
course catalogue for summer listings.
URGE CONGRESS TO EXTEND THE RENEWABLE ENERGY TAX CREDIT !!!
Your help is urgently needed in the final push to extend renewable
energy investment tax credits before they expire in less than seven
Within the next day or two the U.S. Senate is set to discuss HR 6049,
the Energy Tax Extenders bill. This bill provides for the most
important attributes for renewable energy tax credits to be extended:
solar installations, wind farms, energy efficiency buildings, and other
Two solar items of note are that the:
* Commercial Solar Investment Tax Credit (Section 48) would be
extended to 8 years (more than the 6 years previously suggested)
* Groups are working now to eliminate the $2000 cap on residential
Let your members of Congress - both House and Senate - know that you
want support for domestic, renewable energy sources to be a priority!
* Not extending solar credits is an enormous tax increase that will
cost American jobs.
* ASES reports that we can create up to 40 million green-collar jobs
by 2030, but Congress must lead for this to happen.
* The 8-year extension of the Investment Tax Credit is critical for
utilities to get the financing necessary to keep pace with rising
demand for energy.
* The cap on the residential investment tax credit needs to be
removed to provide the incentives needed to properly stimulate the
Congress needs to find a way to extend the renewable energy tax credit
to move us toward energy security and local green-collar jobs.
Please contact your leaders in Congress and let your voice be heard.
Find Phone Numbers
for their District offices, then forward this email to your colleagues,
friends, and others who support solar to urge them to do the same.
Thank you sincerely!
Executive Director, American Solar Energy Society
SOLAR SANTA FE -- CITY SUPPORTS SOLAR ELECTRIC, HEATING AND EFFICIENCY
Opportunity for Citizen Involvement!
The Solar Santa Fe program, (which allows the City of Santa Fe to use
municipal bond money to offer long term low interest loans to Santa Fe
residents to offset costs when purchasing solar electric, solar heating,
and efficiency measures), passed with a proposed $1 million dollar budget!
Wild Earth Guardians is hoping to duplicate this effort in Albuquerque,
using Santa Fe as a model. Santa Fe residents are encouraged to sign up
on WE's waiting list to demonstrate need for these loans, in order to
justify future budget allocations for similar programs.
Please respond to Wild Earth with information or interest in hosting (or
collaborating with other organizations) events where attendees could
learn about this program, sign up on the waiting list, and to identify
technological capital present in the RE sector of Santa Fe.
Suggestions on how to build a list of interested Santa Fe parties would
also be very much appreciated.
Please contact Wild Earth for letters of support or to receive a fact
sheet about the program.
Wild Earth Guardians
rsobel at wildearthguardians.org>
THE NEW MEXICO CLEAN ENERGY UPDATE
NEWS PROGRAMS ON LOCAL PUBLIC RADIO STATIONS
The New Mexico Clean Energy Update is a series of thirteen weekly radio
news reports, five minutes in duration starting April 14, 2008.
These will be broadcast on public radio station KUNM FM 89.9 and over
other public radio stations throughout New Mexico.
You'll also be able to listen online at KUNM's web site
These news reports address a wide range of New Mexico clean energy
topics. We hope you'll make a point to listen in!
The New Mexico Clean Energy Update is produced by Vision Trust, Inc.
through a grant
from the New Mexico Energy Conservation and Management Division.
Learn more about New Mexico Clean Energy Programs at
CALL FOR WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS/ PARTICIPANTS/ HOSTS
Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Association (RMSLA), is looking for
people who have/desire the skills to shape the next generation of
energy, agriculture, transportation and lifestyle to be part of the
Sustainable Living Workshop Series (Summer through Fall 2008). The
RMSLA Workshop Series is an ideal place to connect with participants
that are ready to take the next step. We're seeking instructors from
all areas of sustainable living from speciality craftsman to organic
chefs. Workshop commitments may vary from single day classes to one week
installations, with topics ranging from green building to natural health
and well-being, permaculture design, strawbale, the next generations of
energy, agriculture, and transportation.
Also! If you own land, a dwelling, resort, orchard, or roof that could
benefit from design or installment of permaculture to photovoltaic solar
you may be an ideal workshop host. The responsibilities of a host vary
depending on the workshop. Hosting is a great way to build your dream
Please contact outhe RMSLA Workshop Coordinator with inquires on
hosting, participating in or instructing in this Workshop Series.
Bryan Birch, RMSLA Workshop Coordinator
Bryan at SustainableLivingAssociation.org
SOLAR COOKING & PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
Winning recipes will appear in the next edition of "The Solar Chef"
cookbook. First and second place also receive a cash prize.
All entries must be received by September 1, 2008. The 6th edition of
the Solar Chef Cookbook will be available in November 1, 2008.
Send entries to: Solar Ranch, PO Box 9466, Albuquerque, NM 87119
Visit Solar Ranch on the web at: _www.solarranch.com_ or contact Rose
Marie Kern at solarranch at aceweb.com for an entry form.
GREEN POWER LEADERSHIP AWARDS NOMINATION PERIOD NOW OPEN
Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE), and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS),
the Green Power Leadership Awards are competitive awards that recognize
outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace
in the following three categories:
*-Purchasers: ** *including members or prospective members of the U.S.
EPA's Green Power Partnership
*-Suppliers: *including utilities, renewable energy certificate
marketers, and project developers
*-Market Development*: including individuals, companies, and industry
The Awards will be presented on October 27, 2008 in conjunction with the
2008 National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference in Denver,
Colorado.* Nominations must be received by 5:00pm PDT on June 27, 2008.
*Please visit the *2008 Green Power Leadership Awards website
for nomination details.
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