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Renewable Energy In North Central New Mexico

A Discussion With Luis Reyes and William Brown

Moderated by Roberta Salazar, Executive Director Rivers and Birds

A Renewable Taos Lecture Series Event

November 7, 2013

Event From 6:00pm – 9:00pm

KTAOS Solar Center

Sol Luna Solar is proud to host a Renewable Taos Lecture Series event at KTAOS Solar Center.

Renewable Taos (www.renewabletaos.org) is a leading advocate for energy efficiency and renewable energy with an emphasis on local ownership, build community partnerships to facilitate the transition to renewables, and propose and support projects. In addition Renewable Taos works closely with other organizations, individuals and businesses to promote change in the political climate both locally and nationally, facilitating the transition to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The event will highlight discussions by Luis Reyes of Kit Carson Electric Cooperative and Renewable Energy consultant, William Brown. The discussion will be moderated by Roberta Salazar, Executive Director of Rivers and Birds.

Guest speaker Nichole Koontz of Canadian Solar will also discuss the future of Solar and the Bankability of Canadian Solar. This event is FREE to the public and will feature hors d’voeuvrs by Chef Scott Downs and beer and wine by Blue Heron Brewery and La Chiripada Winery.

Guests will be asked to show their I.D. for alcoholic beverages. Space for the event is limited. You may reserve a FREE ticket through our reservation application (scroll down the page to Lecture Series Reservations and enter your information). If you have questions regarding the event please contact Sol Luna Solar at info@sollunasolar.com or (505) 795-0711. KTAOS Solar Center is located at 9 State Road 150, Taos, New Mexico 87571.

Food and beverage service is limited. Guests are strongly encouraged to pre-register up until November 1, 2013 to ensure they get to enjoy local foods and beverages.


To learn more about Renewable Taos and the work they are doing in Taos and surrounding areas please visit: www.renewabletaos.org.

Lecture Series Reservations

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Renewable Energy In North Central New Mexico: A Discussion with Luis Reyes and William Brown
Your event ticket is valid for the November 7, 2013 Renewable Taos Lecture Series hosted by Sol Luna Solar and Renewable Taos. The event will be held at KTAO Solar Center. The program runs from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Please be sure to select the number of people in your party under quantity. Tickets are FREE and all are welcome to attend. Those who do not pre-order tickets will be able to register at the event. Food, beer, and wine will be served.
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Guest Speakers

Luis Reyes, CEO Kit Carson Electric Cooperative

After more than 20 years as CEO of Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, Inc., Luis Reyes has proven his leadership on a local, state and national level.

Through his leadership KCEC is ranked number three nationally in solar watts per consumer and number four in total solar watts produced. KCEC is the first utility in New Mexico to institute community solar, which allows Kit Carson Co-op members to purchase panels on an existing 98 kW solar array and have the energy produced by those panels credited directly to their electric bill.

KCEC also received grant and loan funding to connect every electric consumer in their service territory to high speed fiber optic communications service. The co-op lead the way in building the Taos Regional Communications and Dispatch Center, which consolidated regional E-911 emergency services under one roof.

Mr. Reyes has received many individual awards, including the Taos News’ inaugural Citizen of the Year Award, the Small Town Developer of the Year Award from the New Mexico Economic Development Department and was one of three people named statewide for the Sustainable Leadership Award. He is on the boards of the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative, the Southeastern Data Cooperative, the Taos Hispano Chamber of Commerce, Association of Commerce and Industry, Citizens for Economic Diversity and former board chair of the Taos County Chamber of Commerce and the Taos Business Alliance.

Mr. Reyes attended New Mexico Military Institute and New Mexico State University. He resides in Taos and is married with three children.

Click on image to see Luis Reyes Accept 2013 SEPA Award
Click on image to see Luis Reyes Accept 2013 SEPA Award
William Brown, Renewable Energy Consultant

William M. (Bill) Brown is a consultant on global warming, climate change, and energy science, technology, policy and economics. He has created building energy efficiency policy, greenhouse gases emissions inventories, climate change adaptation guidelines, clean energy development guidelines, and other materials leading to a new clean energy economy.

Bill co-founded Sage West Consultants (SWC) with Maija West and Alix Henry of Taos in 2008 to bring science, law and architecture to bear on energy policy decisions. SWC prepared the Taos High Performance Building Ordinance and a Greenhouse Gases Emissions Profile and Forecast for the Town and County of Taos. SWC also advised on climate change issues for the Taos (Re)Vision 2020 Master Plan updates in 2012.

Bill consults and speaks for Renewable Taos and its partners on creating a transition to a clean energy economy for Taos County, New Mexico and the nearby San Luis Valley of Colorado. “Taos is a recognized clean-energy leader among small communities in the USA,” says Bill. “With some relatively minor policy changes, our community within a decade can easily create more local clean energy than we can use. This points to an economy where our ever-increasing expenditures for energy circulate locally. This is a sustainable economy with permanent business growth benefits and local jobs. Most of the money we now spend for energy routinely flows to out-of-state suppliers and jobs beyond our community.”

Bill advises the New Mexico Congressional Delegation and state and local political leaders on climate change and energy issues for the American Southwest. Bill says, “I work individually and with a national network of people and organizations who influence state, regional, and national energy policy. I maintain an international network of contacts through The Climate Reality Project and other entities for monitoring, reviewing and sharing solutions to our climate, energy, and water dilemmas.”

Bill advises Taos-based Amigos Bravos on its new Strategic Plan to cope with climate change and water issues for New Mexico. The plan for 2013-18 will emphasize the climate- water-energy nexus that relates to water use during energy production and consumption. Bill’s recent lecture for Amigos Bravos in Santa Fe emphasized the climate-friendly and water-saving potential of a clean energy economy.

Bill received the 2012 Paul Bartlett Re’ Peace Prize of the University of New Mexico for his outstanding contributions to the promotion of peace through his energy and climate change messaging via The Climate Reality Project and other work. Bill says, “My overarching focus is on the connections among climate change, energy policy, human migration, human health, and prospects for conflict and peace in the 21st century.”

Bill received a Sustainable Leadership award at New Mexico’s first Sustainable Business Summit in Albuquerque in July 2012 for his career work in sustainability and for presenting the business case for a new clean energy economy.

Bill is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and Stanford University. For 36 years before retiring with his wife Lisa in Taos, NM in 2004, Bill was an Earth Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Nichole Koontz, Canadian Solar

Nichole Koontz has 14 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and 6 years experience in the solar/energy industry. Transferring from the semiconductor to the photovoltaic industry in 2007 was a natural transition because

Nichole had gained knowledge of the photovoltaic manufacturing process and became very familiar with the solar industry. With a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and registered as Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with the Association of Energy Engineers, Nichole founded her own solar installation company in 2007 and also provided consulting/engineering services to Energy Management Advisors as well as volunteering services to Az4Solar.org.

Nichole had worked with Schuco for a year and a half as their west coast Regional Sales Director providing sales, financing and support to customers on the Schuco solar PV, racking and solar thermal product lines. She is now working as the Southwest Regional Sales Manager for Canadian Solar.

Mark Johnson, Los Ebanistas Inc and Sol Luna Solar

A self-made success, Mark Johnson has proven to be one of New Mexico’s most successful home construction and Solar installers for over 30 years.

Mark started his woodworking career in California in 1975 and moved to Northern New Mexico the summer Elvis died (1977). He started a small cabinet and furniture shop working out of the old Catholic School Building in Dixon, NM 20 miles south of Taos NM. They produced furniture based on WPA pieces from the southwestern style. Mark’s work was influenced by the old time New Mexico “carpinteros”.

Mark branched out into the home building market in the early 1980′s incorporating the fine woodworking craftmanship into his custom homes. What better way to incorporate solid design savvy than to take on larger projects. Los Ebanistas is recognized in the Taos home market for their special aptitude in home construction and incorporating traditional details with modern techniques. Our unique abilities allow us to deliver a more personal product.

After many years of Solar integration for client’s custom homes, Mark decided it was time to branch off into the renewable energy market. With licenses in Mechanical, Electrical, and General Construction, the transition was easy. Sol Luna Solar was born out of Mark’s desire to become the only Custom Home Builder in New Mexico to provide a full scope of services including renewable energy installation and design. Even with their huge success Los Ebanistas and Sol Luna Solar  have maintained a small business mentality, focusing on customer satisfaction through the development of close personal relationships with their clients.
Event Moderator: Roberta Salazar, Executive Director Rivers and Birds

Roberta Salazar worked as a wildlife biologist for the federal government for 17 years.  She is founder and Executive Director of Rivers & Birds (www.riversandbirds.org), a nonprofit organization that promotes conservation and experiential environmental education.

She has helped lead coalition campaigns to establish the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument in northern New Mexico, and to create wilderness designation for the Columbine Hondo Mountains near Taos, NM.

The Pew Charitable Trust Roberta honored Roberta as a National Wilderness Hero in 2010. In October 2013, she was honored as a great Southwest Woman in Conservation by U.S. Senator Tom Udall at the Southwest Women in Conservation Conference in Santa Fe, NM. The honor acknowledged her work leading to the designation of the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument earlier this year.

Roberta believes each person has the ability and power to make a positive difference for our Earth’s future.

Solar Celebration and Customer Appreciation Weekend

Located at #56c County rd 65, Dixon NM 87527

Saturday November 2, 2013

9:00am to 5:00pm

Sol Luna Solar is proud to host our annual Solar Celebration and Customer Appreciation weekend on Saturday November  2, 2013. The event offers past, present and future clients an opportunity to visit our Solar Showroom and Woodworking shop in Dixon, NM.

Our certified professionals will be on hand to demonstrate the benefits of Solar for both residential and commercial application. There will be music, beverages and food.  This event is FREE to the public and we encourage you to join us for a fun and informative day in the beautiful Embudo Valley.



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