Workshop Descriptions by "Track"
TRACK 1 – Live Web-Streaming Workshops
9am - 10am Music Room
Randy Sadewic, President, Positive Energy Solar, presents an optimistic vision of how to go “100% renewable.”
PV Basics + Solar Radiant Floors
10:15 – 11:15 Music Room
Mark Johnson, President, Sol Luna Solar, this year’s primary workshop sponsor, explains the basics of photo-voltaic solar installations, plus takes a new look at solar-supported radiant flooring.
Public Policy Debate: NM’s Renewable Energy Portfolio
11:30 – 1:00 Music Room
Four experts bring their insights into what lies ahead for the state’s renewable energy portfolio. Participants include the Hon. Brian Egolf, NM State Rep., District 47, and Chair of the House Energy and Nat’l Resources Committee; Gerard Ortiz, VP of Regulatory Affairs, PNM; and Randy Sadewic, President, Positive Energy Solar.
The Mathematics of a Passive Solar Home - How to Get a Building Permit
1:15 – 2:15 Music Room
Mark Chalom, Architect and ASES Solar Pioneer, discloses some flaws in the “official” records of passive solar building design and analysis.
Policy Debate Analysis
2:30 – 3:30 Music Room
Two former New Mexico PRC Commissioners, Doug Howe and Jason Marks, discuss the public policy debate held earlier at 11:30. Their insights into the players and the processes will make this a very interesting session.
The New Standard for Solar Thermal Heating in Buildings
3:45 – 4:45 Music Room
Bristol Stickney, CTO, SolarLogic Learn about the latest fusion of solar hot water and the Internet from the “guru” of solar thermal in New Mexico.
TRACK 2 – Too Good to Miss
Solar Projects on State Lands
10:15-11:15 Room 805
Ray Powell, New Mexico State Land Commissioner, describes major solar projects you may not have heard about.
Solar Financing -Coming Soon to Your City
1:15 to 2:15 Room 805
Ken Hughes, Energy Specialist with State of New Mexico, describes how a new financing system may soon come to Santa Fe, the City Different.
Energy Schemes and Scams
2:30pm – 3:30 pm Room 805
Allan Sindelar, Founder and Chief Technical Officer for Positive Energy Solar joins us for "breakthroughs" that are just too good to be true. Some reality checks before you sign your checks. Bring lots of questions! (this was one of the most popular workshops at the 2013 Solar Fiesta!)
Community Solar at NM's Electric Co-ops
3:45 – 4:45 Room 805
Luis Reyes, CEO, Kit Carson Electric
NM's Electric Co-ops do thing differently than investor-owned utilities. A few are offering their customers options that the big boys prefer to ignore. Kit Carson Electric is the most "RE-friendly" electric co-op in NM.
TRACK 3 – Global Warming
Global Warming -the Moral and Ethical Issues
10:15 – 11:15 Room 807
Larry Rasmussen, the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, New York, helps us explore the moral, ethical and yes, spiritual questions inter-twined with Global Warming.
Energy at the Crossroads -How WE make a difference!
1:15 – 2:15 Room 807
Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director and President of New Energy Economy, presents insights into our energy future, what we can do to shape it.
Climate Change and the Water and Energy Future in NM
2:30 – 3:30 Room 807
William Brown is a consultant on global warming, climate change, energy science, and now a featured speaker as part of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. The news about water’s future in NM may not be good, but facing the facts is.
Tracking Past Droughts in NM via Tree Rings
3:45 -4:45 Room 807
Gary Funkhouser, NM Department of Transportation, Archeology Office, describes the tree ring record of drought in NM for the past 2000 years.
TRACK 4 – RE Progress
Selling Jemez Pueblo's Renewable Power
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Room 813
Greg Kaufman, Project Director of the Jemez Pueblo Renewable Energy Projects, offers insights into what the Pueblo has learned about generating and selling energy.
Economic Benefits of RE and Green Business
10:15 - 11:15 Room 813
Craig O’Hare, Energy Specialist, County of Santa Fe, and Glen Schiffbauer, Executive Director of the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce, team up to offer new insights into the value of sustainability and a clean energy economy.
Energy Storage 101
1:15 – 2:15 Room 813
NMSEA President Gary Vaughn and Board Member Rolf Nitsche will team up to help those of us who don’t know much about energy storage to learn more, from the basics to the latest.
The Electric Vehicle Panel
3:45 – 4:45 Room 813
Monte Ogdahl, Tom Solomon & Odes Armijo-Caster offer a fun panel discussion by three enthusiastic electric vehicle owners. Topics from do-it-yourself conversion packages to the Tesla.
The Film Track
Watershed by Robert Redford
9:15 to 11:15 Video Room 803
This beautifully produced documentary describes the history and future of the Colorado River watershed, from its source in Colorado to the Gulf of California.
NMSEA's Renewable New Mexico Video Series
1:00 - 5:00 Video Room 803
An engaging series of video interviews with solar-powered New Mexicans.
The Election Track
Meet Your Gubernatorial Candidates
Susan Martinez (declined)
Lawrence Rael 10:15 AM
Alan Weber 2:30 PM
Bruce King 3:45 PM