Who We Are:
The New Mexico Solar Energy Association (NMSEA) is an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to promoting solar energy and related sustainable practices. NMSEA was one of the first organizations in the country, founded in 1972, to seek methods and ideas on how to use renewable energy, how small villages could live sustainably, and how to empower people through education about these issues. We are currently an all-volunteer organization. Our membership includes a diverse group of citizens including interested advocates of solar energy, architects, building contractors, engineers, educators, and planners specializing in renewable energy and sustainability.
We envision a thriving, biodiverse earth, with civilization powered by clean, renewable and sustainable energy from the sun.
We promote clean, renewable energy and sustainability in New Mexico through education, empowerment, collaboration and advocacy.
Looking for a solar installer, a passive solar designer, a sustainable product or service? See NMSEA's Solar and Sustainable Directory (Last updated 2/10/12), Printable version (.pdf, 4.3Mb; Last updated 2/10/12)
Looking for information about financial incentives? See CCAE's "How to Go Solar in New Mexico" Guidebook.
A two-day renewable energy fair, the Solar Fiesta features exhibits and workshops about passive solar design, wind and solar electric systems, solar heating and cooling, alternative fuels and vehicles, solar cooking, rainwater catchment, and sustainable building materials, such as strawbale, bamboo and adobe. NMSEA also invites educational institutions, efficiency engineers and consultants, sustainable developers, financers of efficiency projects and recyclers.
Are you interested in learning more about solar electricity? Would you like to learn about siting, sizing and designing a PV system?
Basic topics of this class include PV components (modules, arrays, inverters, batteries, charge controllers, wire), the configuration of stand-alone (off-grid) and grid-tie (utility-connected) systems, site analysis, load analysis, design and sizing. Other topics include ampacity and voltage drop, the National Electric Code (NEC), safety, commissioning, job prep, tools and energy efficiency.
The class contains lecture, interaction in the classroom and hands-on labs of series-parallel configurations and to wire a meter. Students will design a system, given physical parameters and a customer's lifestyle and desires, using classroom materials and the NEC book.
Lunches and snacks are included in the class fee. Dress for classroom.
Students must attend all 3 days of the class to receive a Certificate of Completion.
Electricians who complete the class are eligible for continuing education credit through CID, the State of New Mexico's Construction Industries Division. Expand your business by adding solar to your service line.
The class is comprised of three days in the classroom. The class will have SOME hands-on components, but it does not include an installation component. This class is particularly good for certified electricians who are comfortable with the installation skills, homeowners who'd like to talk knowledgably with installers, job seekers who are interested in the industry but won't seek installation positions, and students considering renewable energy careers.
Our instructors are Randy Sadewic and Marlene Brown.
Randy Sadewic is a graduate of San Juan College, co-owns Positive Energy, Inc., a company that designs and installs PV systems and is certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Randy is a NMSEA SunChaser Instructor and Advisory Board Member. He was a Vice President during his term as Voting Board Member.
Marlene Brown has worked with PV for over 15 years, has been teaching for over 10 years and has installed 100s of systems in the U.S. and developing world. Marlene is an Advisory Board Member and was President for two of her terms on the Voting Board.
Tanya Stickford and Conor Black of Positive Energy will be directing the installation. Mary McArthur is the Workshop Coordinator. She is on the Advisory Board, is Editor of the Solar and Sustainable Directory and managed the Solar Fiesta for five years.
The classroom location for both the PV Design and PV Design and Installation classes will be at the Santa Fe Girls School (directions to come). The installation location for the PV Design and Installation class will be at the Santa Fe Girls School as well.
Payment must be received before the class. Checks, Visa, Mastercard and cash are accepted. When registering, please give your name, company, mailing address, phone, e-mail, and dietary or other special needs. For PV classes: If you are an electrician, please give us your Journeyman's License number.
With a credit card: Please call the NMSEA office:
Albuquerque phone: 505-246-0400
Toll free: 888-88-NMSOL (888-886-6765)
By mail: Send the information with a check for payment, to arrive before the class, to:
New Mexico Solar Energy Association
1009 Bradbury Dr SE, Ste. 35
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Learn about PV technology and how to make your own PV panel with Dr. Richard Komp!
As part of this two day workshop, participants will build small solar battery chargers to take home with them. The workshop will also include time for explanations of how PV cells work and new developments in PV, with an informal session to ask about other PV or solar-related interests.
Dr. Komp has over 50 years experience with solar and PV. He invented several solar devices, authored books including “Practical Photovoltaics” and published numerous articles on solar technology. Dr. Komp is involved with several solar organizations and currently travels the world giving workshops on solar /PV technologies and applications.
This workshop is ideal for anyone wanting to learn a low tech way to make photovoltaic modules, and also suggested for health care professionals or others working overseas or in low income communities seeking low cost renewable energy technologies.
All proceeds will assist in bringing Dr. Komp to ABQ and benefit the Africa Health Net project. The workshop is limited to 15 participants.
New Mexico Solar Energy Association NMSEA Brochure
We promote clean, renewable energy and sustainability in New Mexico by:
- Educating and motivating people to make informed decisions regarding energy conservation, efficiency, choices and use
- Empowering people with focused strategies and opportunities to take action
- Collaborating with people and organizations to leverage resources and achieve mutual objectives
- Advocating political action aligned with our purpose
History of the Organization
NMSEA was founded in 1972 when Peter van Dresser, Steve Baer and Keith Haggard held the first Life Technics Conference.
In the 1970's NMSEA grew in membership, began publishing an educational paper, "The SunPaper", and continued to hold an annual conference.
In 1976 this vibrant group established NMSEA as a non-profit corporation.
From 1977 to 1982 NMSEA had staff and outreach offices and library with the help of federal funding. After 1983 government support and public interest for renewable energy faded quickly.
NMSEA stayed active by continuing to hold the Annual Life Technics Conference at Ghost Ranch, but did not have the funds to continue publishing a newsletter nor hold workshops.
In 1994 "The New Sunpaper" blossomed as a quarterly, and now is being published bimonthly.
In the last five years NMSEA has increased its membership five fold, and has raised funds for educational programs through grant writing and hosting events. NMSEA has hosted a national level technical solar conference in each decade, and has hosted a solar home tour every fall for four continuous years.
We are a volunteer based organization working individually out of our homes.
Education of children has been our primary focus the past five years. We have visited hundreds of classrooms and several summer camps, built the SunChaser2 (a mobile solar classroom), reestablished the High School Passive Solar Competition, and have developed a renewable energy curriculum.
General Office Information
Local Phone: 505-246-0400
Toll Free: 888-88-NMSOL / 888-886-6765
1009 Bradbury Dr SE, #35
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Driving directions to the office.
As of this time, NMSEA has the following staff in the office during these approximate hours:
- Ragan Matteson - General Hours: Monday (1pm-5pm), Tuesday (9am-1pm), Wednesday (CLOSED), Thursday (9am-1pm) & Friday (1pm-5pm)
If you are coming to the office, please call a day ahead to confirm someone will be available to meet with you.
NMSEA has two boards - the Voting Board and the Advisory Board.
The Voting Board is elected to two-year terms, half elected annually.
The Executive Committee is comprised of members of the Voting Board and includes a President, Vice-President(s), Secretary and Treasurer of the organization. They are elected by the Board at the final board meeting of the year.
|President||Monte Ogdahl (Solar Cars, SunChaser Instructor)|
|Vice President||Gary Vaughn (SunChaser Coordinator and Instructor)|
|Vice President||Robert Nelson (Solar Fiesta Publicity)|
|Secretary||Jim Barrera (Solar Fiesta Committee)|
Balance of Voting Board
- Carl Axness
- Janet Bridgers (Publicity)
- Mars DeLapp (Webserver and Listserver)
NMSEA Advisory Board
NMSEA's Advisory Board is comprised of people who wish to be active in or supportive of NMSEA in some way but do not want the time constraint and responsibility of being on the Voting Board. Currently the Advisory Board consists of:
|Odes Armijo-Caster||Solar Electricity/Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal|
|Gale Zander Barlow|
|Charles Bensinger||Alternative Fuels Questions|
|Wayne Evelo, Jr.|
|Robert Griffin||Green Building|
|Dr. William (Bill) Gross||Local Issues/Concepts in Solar|
|Rose Marie Kern||Solar Cooking|
|Michael David Lipkan|
|Eric Robinson||Solar Heating and Cooling|
|Randy Sadewic||Solar Electricity/Photovoltaics|
|Allan Sindelar||Solar Electricity/Photovoltaics|
|Howard and Virginia Stephens|
|Julie Stephens||Energy Efficiency Education, Passive Solar Design|
|Steven Stephens||Sustainability, Rammed Earth Construction|
Committees and Other Contacts
|Budget and Funding|
|Committee||Jim Barrera, Janet Bridgers, Mary McArthur, Barbara Menicucci, Monte Ogdahl, Randy Sadewic, Gary Vaughn|
|Committee||Lisa Hendel and Mike Prine|
|Chapter Leaders||See the Chapter page.|
|Committee||Janet Bridgers, Mary McArthur, Barbara Menicucci, Monte Ogdahl, Gary Vaughn|
We express our heartfelt thanks to Ray Shortridge for organizing volunteers to create a NMSEA presence at a number of events over the last year! Ray, we wish you the best in your new endeavors and look forward to seeing you in other NMSEA projects!
|Solar and Sustainable Directory|
|Solar Fiesta||See the Solar Fiesta Committee page.|
|Solar Home Tours|
Taos, Scott Evans
Santa Fe, Tom Engel
|Solar Model Car Program|
|Instructors||Gary Vaughn, Ron Offley, Monte Ogdahl, Bryan Pletta, Lisa Silva, Gayle Simmons|
|Taos Solar Music Festival - Solar Village|
|General Editor||Allan Davies|
|Event Calendar||Chere Hartman|
|Google Apps||Carlos Aguayo|
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- Website Comments and Suggestions
- Membership Application
- Request Information
- Request a SunChaser Visit
- Request an NMSEA Booth Presence
- Request an NMSEA Exhibit/Speaker
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