DOE Has Announced Sunshot Contest: Race To 7 Day Solar!

The DOE has announced a contest to pit teams against each other in a race to install small PV systems in less than a week from the permit to the connection.
Prize money of $10 million is available.
The contest period is over 18 months, installing 10 MW of solar for small systems (<100 kW), 15 MW for larger.

The Letter of Intent deadline has passed (April 2) (this was optional) , but a pre-application submission is due May 24, 2015.

DE-FOA-0000766: Sunshot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar

Feel free to forward to others in the community of solar in New Mexico.

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Call Governor Martinez Now


“Only 3 days left: Gov. Martinez has until Friday to sign bills that passed the legislature. Call Gov. Martinez NOW and urge her to sign the solar tax credit into law.” @Conservation Voters of New Mexico

Here is the link for all relevant info on how to make that call.

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Huge Win for Renewable Energy in Albuquerque

Albuquerque City Council votes 6 to 3 in a bipartisan super majority to withdraw support from PNM’s Stipulated Agreement for greater investment in coal and nuclear

Santa Fe – The Albuquerque City Council voted 6 to 3 to withdraw support for Public Service Company of New Mexico’s (PNM) stipulated agreement pending before the NM Public Regulation Commission (NM PRC). The stipulated agreement calls for the purchase of 132 additional megawatts of coal from San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) and the transfer of 134 additional megawatts of nuclear from the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS) unit 3 into rates at the cost of $7.5 billion, 13-000390-UT.

The resolution, R-177, directs the City Administration to withdraw support for the Stipulation Agreement based on costs to ratepayers and increasing risk considerations. The City of Albuquerque is the 13th party to officially oppose the stipulation. It joins three other parties, that withdrew their support from PNM’s coal and nuclear plan during the PRC Hearing in January including New Mexico Independent Power Producers, Renewable Energy Industries Association, and Western Resource Advocates as well as the Albuquerque Water Authority that shifted its position from neutral to opposed.
Albuquerque City Councilors cited the escalating costs, a fuel cost error of $367 Million, water consumption (when Albuquerque is facing drought) and outstanding risks as their reasons for withdrawing support for the Stipulation. “Since the filing of the Stipulation Agreement, the costs and economics of certain elements of the Agreement have changed to the detriment of the City’s ratepayers,” stated the Resolution, brought by Councilor Brad Winter. The Resolution also referred to a disturbing event that rocked the parties during the hearing, the fact the City of Farmington reversed its decision to acquire an additional 65 megawatts in SJGS Unit 4.
Before the vote was called, Councilor Brad Winter who sponsored the resolution said to PNM, “I understand that you are concerned about your shareholders, and you should be, but somebody has got to look out for the ratepayers who are our constituents”.
Albuquerque City Councilors heard from members of the public who packed the Council Chambers beyond its 241 occupancy capacity. The public spoke overwhelmingly in support of the resolution citing the need for ratepayer protection from rising coal prices, an unnecessarily expensive plan that will burden ratepayers with billions of dollars of debt for aging and unreliable plants for the next 20 years, the enormous consumption of water with the generation of coal and nuclear, the need to shift to renewables and bring renewable energy jobs to New Mexico, and the need to protect our children’s health and the environment.
Only 3 parties remain signatories of the Stipulated Agreement with PNM: the New Mexico Attorney General, NMIEC, and PRC Staff.
Meanwhile, representative bodies including the City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, Bernalillo County, and now the City of Albuquerque, which together represent approximately 80% of PNM’s rate base have come out against the Stipulation.
“The Stipulated Agreement is proving to be unviable. PNM’s efforts to offload their risky, expensive, and unreliable coal and nuclear investments to New Mexico’s ratepayers has come under scrutiny and the agencies that are charged with protecting the economic, health, and environmental interests of New Mexicans are standing up in our defense,” said Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director, New Energy Economy. “PNM is not above the law, they have an obligation to New Mexico to provide cost-effective energy options that don’t burden ratepayers. There is growing momentum against PNM’s plan and its very exciting.”

About New Energy Economy
New Energy Economy is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 2004 to create economic opportunity in New Mexico with less carbon pollution and more clean energy. New Energy Economy works in partnership with diverse allies to encourage job growth, investment and innovation in a more efficient, sustainable and equitable energy sector. New Energy Economy grounds its work in the research and findings of the world’s leading scientific and technological authorities. Learn more at

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Abq City Council Call to Action

Dear Friends, 4-6-2015

We now have the published agenda (attached) for tonight’s Abq City Council vote on resolution R-15-77, opposing PNM’s San Juan nuke & coal power plan.
Based on what we’ve learned, we are offering two options for those wanting to attend. Here is what we know and recommend:

1. PNM has asked their business allies to attend the council by 5PM and sign up for public comments. Comments occur twice in the meeting – 1st shortly after the council starts and 2nd when the agenda topic comes up. Sign-up for comments occurs between 4:30-5:30. There is a limit of 30 who can sign up.

2. The vote on R-15-77 is scheduled late in the meeting, as item 14-m. If there is a large public showing, the council MAY choose to pull this topic in early or it may happen later as scheduled. We have to be flexible.

3. We recommend offering attendees two options:
A) Some may want to arrive by 4:30-5pm, and sign up to comment early. We do want to ensure that PNM cannot pack the early sign-in sheet to the 30 limit with only their folks. This also ensures we have a presence if the council pulls the topic in earlier. Those who comment early could leave if it appears our vote will be late in the evening.
B) Others may want to come later, by 6PM, and sign in for the 2nd comment period. These folks should be prepared to stay later into the meeting and comment when our vote comes up as item 14-m.

Jim Mackenzie will arrive as part of the early group to coordinate and answer questions.
I will come by 6PM as part of group 2.

See you there!

Tom Solomon NM

Thanks for your support in pushing back against PNM’s plans to replace power from the San Juan generating station with more coal and nuclear.
The Abq City Council will vote Monday 4/6/2015 on a bill opposing PNM’s San Juan nuke & coal power plan.
We want a yes vote. We expect opposition this time, so a strong showing is vital.

Please plan to attend Monday 4/6/2015 for the Abq City Council vote on San Juan.

What: Abq City Council final vote on R-15-77 opposing PNM’s San Juan coal+nuke power plan
When: 5:00PM or 6PM Mon April 6, 2015. See above
Where: V.E. Griego Council Chambers (basement), 1 Civic Plaza NW, Abq, NM 87102

PNM and the ‘NM Business Coalition’ has sent this action alert to get their business members to attend and speak against this resolution and in favor of PNM’s nuke and coal plan. We expect lots of opponents to attend, so we need a big showing by clean energy supporters to speak in favor of R-15-77.

You can also help by sending an email to all city councilors via their web site – click here.
You can say simply that you support clean energy in NM and ask your councilor to ‘vote yes on R-15-77’.

Please attend if you can!

Best regards,
Tom Solomon NM

The new resolution R-15-77 is here:|Text|&Search=

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PV Class and Installation Hands-On Workshop presented by Solarize NM

Purpose: To create a fun, friendly, and nurturing environment to have a hands-on learning experience with photovoltaics. Helping empower people by understanding all aspects of photovoltaic design and installation and understanding power independence.

Where: Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice 202 Harvard SE, Albuqurque, NM 87106

When: Classroom: Friday – Sunday May 8 – 10 Installation: Saturday – Sunday May 16 – 17 5 days total (all days 8:00 am to 5:00 pm)

Cost: 5 days: $800.00 per person (limited to 20 people) Classroom only: $500 (limited to 30 people) There is no option to attend the Installation without attending the Classroom. SPECIAL OFFER: $100.00 DISCOUNT FOR BRINGING A FRIEND – UP TO $200.00 !

Instructors: Marlene Brown and Taiyoko Sadewic, both PV veterans

Food: Lunch is included all days along with snacks and drinks

Register: Contact Marlene Brown at or register online:




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Re-Invigorate With REIA

Join together with industry leaders and advocates and find to out how you can help reinvigorate the renewable energy industry in NM.  REIA is building a coalition to help lead the charge toward more renewable energy adoption and smart policies for New Mexico.

Entertainment, food and beverage courtesy of CFV.

6:30-7:00 Meet and greet

7:00-8:00 Panel Discussion

Click the Eventbrite button below for details and registration. Hope to see you there!

Eventbrite - RE-Invigorate with REIA

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REIA Needs Calls to Legislators

Senate bill 391 to extend the solar market development tax credit thru 2020 just passed through the house ways and means committee with a friendly amendment which slowly and incrementally reduces the tax credit from 10%, getting to 5% in year 2020.
It now goes to the house floor and we need phone calls to representatives, especially republicans, to pass the bill.
Find your representative here:
Call in your support for 391 and pass on the info to your lists. Especially to folks who live in conservative districts.

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PNM Under Fire Over Coal, Nuke Power in Plan

Click link to Read Article from The New Mexican

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NREL find ‘soft costs’ now largest aspect of solar installation pricing in US

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the US released two reports that suggest financing and other non-hardware related costs — so-called “soft costs” — now make up nearly 64 percent of the total price for a resident solar energy system.
via Renewable Energy Magazine: nrel-find-soft-costs-now-largest-aspect-20131203

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Rooftop Solar Scores a Crucial Win Against Arizona’s Dominant Utility

Landmark regulatory memo rejects the APS net metering proposal.

Staff experts for Arizona’s utility regulators have come out against a proposal by Arizona Public Service, the state’s biggest electricity provider, to alter solar’s net metering incentive.

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