Renewable energy still not cost effective

Sooner or later, the laws of economics prevail, even in heavily subsidized industries such as solar power. The latest evidence that government manipulation cannot overcome economic reality is the decision by BP PLC, the giant British energy company, to leave the solar power business. BP has developed solar energy for 40 years and for more […]

Opinion: Stop throwing away money on green jobs

Freedom New Mexico A California state agency will suspend giving sales-tax exemptions to renewable energy manufacturers in the wake of the scandalous bankruptcy of Solyndra, the Fremont-based maker of solar panels that received a $535 million federal loan guarantee before closing its doors in September. Meanwhile, the federal government last week approved another $1 billion […]

New Crayola products just in time for the new school year

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Provided by Crayola Crayola’s Dual-Sided Dry-Erase Board is black on one side and white on the other. The board comes with a pack of eight Crayola Washable Dry-Erase Bright Crayons. It is recommended for ages 3-plus and costs $9.99. McClatchy-Tribune Crayola has released a few new products that moms and dads might want to add […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Going green, first car in Clovis and the red scare

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Website of the day The Dora Consolidated Schools Business Professionals of America website design team has a website about the team and the 2012 BPA National Leadership Conference in Chicago. To see it: http://www.doraschools.com/www/doraschools/site/hosting/website2011/Pages/Home.html Fast facts The first automobile in Clovis was a 1901 […]

ENMU board wants more info on solar project

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University regents tabled a solar energy agreement at their emergency meeting Friday in order to find a third party to evaluate the business sense of the agreement. ENMU President Steven Gamble said he and Vice President of Business Affairs Scott Smart would start work to find […]

Education column: Students going green with conservation programs

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools Ever had cookies baked in a solar oven? How about cooking your own solar personal pan pizza? Students in the Clovis Municipal Schools have. The CMS Energy Program and other energy conservation projects headed up by our own Mike Thomson, district energy manager for Clovis Schools, are teaching students about […]

Press Release: Xcel planning solar schools

Xcel Energy is launching its Solar Schools program to provide area students with a firsthand look at how solar energy works as they integrate their studies with new, community-based solar projects planned in four eastern and southeastern New Mexico cities. The first community-based solar installation was put in place last summer on the roof of […]

Xcel Energy seeking customers for solar power partnership

ROSWELL – Xcel Energy is boosting its New Mexico Solar*Rewards program – launched in March for customer-installed, small-scale solar generating facilities – by extending incentives to large-scale, customer-installed generating systems. A request for proposals (RFP) went out earlier this month seeking bids for at least five megawatts of energy generated by customer-owned distributed solar generating […]

Editorial: Self-sufficient energy efforts applauded

Smart institutions are going green and weaning themselves from dependence on the electrical grid. They want to stop paying for power, and start getting paid for it. The Vatican led the way, initiating a massive energy independence program in 2005 that most recently culminated in placement of 2,000 solar panels on the roof of the […]

Xcel Energy launches Solar Rewards in New Mexico

Electric customers of Xcel Energy in New Mexico can now apply for Solar*Rewards incentives on small and medium solar photovoltaic (PV) generating systems installed on their homes and businesses. For small and medium systems, Xcel Energy will purchase the Renewable Energy Credits (REC) generated by a customer’s PV system. Credits are purchased at a rate […]

Egolf proposes tax districts for solar loans

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican New Mexico homeowners could get loans for solar electricity systems and pay back the money through their property taxes under a bill introduced Tuesday by Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe. House Bill 572 would allow counties to establish special assessment districts for solar-energy improvements. Egolf thinks it is the […]

Stubble management can have big benefits

By Sangu Angadi In the semiarid climate of the southern Great Plains, strong winds promote evaporation and wind erosion, while unpredictable precipitation patterns expose crops to severe environmental stresses and the high intensity of rains often leads to water erosion. Strong winds in the region frequently cause wind-blown soil abrasion injury (sand blasting) of delicate […]

Major expansion needed to carry out energy bill

By Freedom Newspapers We oppose most of what’s in the energy bills awaiting Congress’ return from recess because they favor mandates over markets, pie in the sky over practicality and are largely disconnected from reality. It turns out they’re disconnected in a literal sense, too. In a case of putting the renewable energy bandwagon before […]

It’s their business: Solar Shield, Inc.

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Solar Shield, located at 805 N. Norris St., supplies and installs aftermarket automotive equipment. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Name: Solar Shield Inc. Location: 805 N. Norris St. What they do: Sell “everything” for the automotive aftermarket, including audio, video, suspension systems, restyling, custom and standard wheels and tires […]

Solar system’s ninth planet deserves better

By Freedom Newspapers Things were looking so good for Pluto a couple of weeks ago. Scientists meeting in the Czech Republic voted to admit three more heavenly bodies to the family of “planets” orbiting our sun. This pragmatic Planet Definition Committee only submits proposals deemed likely to win approval from two-thirds of the 3,000-member International […]

June 1, 2006 Education Digest

Clovis FLI grads honoredGraduates of the Family Leadership Institute were honored Saturday by Clovis Municipal Schools. Honored were 125 parents who successfully completed the Family Leadership Institute, a national program designed to guide parents through the education system in order to better support their children’s education, according to CMS Director of Federal Programs and Public […]

House passes price-gouging bill

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The House approved a bill — prompted by Hurricane Katrina — that would outlaw price gouging after natural disasters or other states of emergency. The House passed the measure Sunday on a 39-24 vote, sending it to the Senate. During a special session in October, Gov. Bill Richardson had […]

6/19 Agriculture Digest

Organic farming course offered in Taos Courses in organic farming, photovoltaic and solar hot water design and installation will be held Tuesday through Friday in Taos. Preregistration is required for the courses, which are part of the “Solar Summer Intensive” series. Evening sessions will cover rainwater harvesting, green building, long range land use planning and […]