Happy New Year! If your New year’s resolution is to lower your carbon footprint – then installing solar panels on your home or office is a great way to accomplish this!

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Here are some photos from a new solar installation in Eldorado, near Santa Fe. The system is 4.8 kW. There are twenty 240 watt Sharp modules with 20 Enphase micro inverters. The system was just turned on with PNM!

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This is a really interesting article from the Santa Fe Reporter about PNM, New Mexico’s largest electricity provider, and solar energy in New Mexico. Please read the article at www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-6767-pnms-solar-dilemma.html

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Check out the article “Greening Your Home Doesn’t Have to Cost a Lot of Green” at www.ecotrendsource.com, in which BellaSolar is mentioned!

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Recently Sharp broke the solar record as being the most efficient photovoltaic cell on the market, this is exciting news especially since this is the preferred photovoltaic cell of Bellasolar. Bellasolar has been using the Sharp photovoltaic cells since they began installing solar systems.

“Sharp just signaled a bright future for renewable energy as it achieved a new solar cell efficiency record of 43.5%, eclipsing its previous record of 36.9% set in November. Sharp shattered the efficiency record with its concentrator triple-junction compound solar cell, which uses a lens-based system to focus sunlight directly onto the cells in order to generate electricity. This latest breakthrough puts solar power one step closer to grid parity.” For the rest of the article please visit: www.inhabitat.com/sharps-concentrator-solar-cell-sets-43-5-conversion-efficiency-record/

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For more in depth information on this report please visit www.greentechmedia.com/research/ussmi

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new report says New Mexico is among the nation’s leaders in production of electricity from solar power.
The Solar Energy Industry Association says New Mexico ranked fourth nationally last year in photovoltaic solar system installations by residential and commercial customers and utilities. Those projects provided 116 megawatts of power. California, New Jersey and Arizona were ahead of New Mexico.
New Mexico ranked seventh in 2010.
The state Public Regulation Commission attributes part of the growth to New Mexico’s requirements that utilities generate part of their electricity from renewable sources such as solar energy. The federal government also has provided grants and tax credits for solar energy projects.
The PRC said New Mexico ranks first in the nation in amount of installed solar power generation per person.

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May 7, 2012 6:00 PM
6 p.m. and will be held in the County Commission Chambers, 102 Grant Ave.
Free Santa Fe County Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Forums

Santa Fe, NM – April 19, 2012 – The Santa Fe County Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency will be conducting two free energy assistance forums. The first forum is on Thursday, May 3 and will be for residential properties, and the second forum is on Monday, May 7 and will be for commercial businesses. Both forums will start at 6 p.m. and will be held in the County Commission Chambers, 102 Grant Ave. The forums are open to citizens and businesses throughout Santa Fe County, including those within the Santa Fe, Española, and Edgewood city limits.

The homeowner forum on Thursday, May 3 will focus on available energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives and financing for homeowners, and the commercial forum on Monday, May 7 will focus on solar power options and cost-effective energy-related improvements for area businesses.

Following the presentations, there will be a question and answer session. Staff will be available to discuss renewable energy (solar electric, solar hot water, ground-source heat pumps, etc.) and energy efficiency businesses will be available to discuss their services and options with attendees. At the Commercial Forum, a representative from PNM will provide an overview of the substantial energy efficiency rebates available to businesses.

“There are a multitude of federal, state, and utility incentives available to homeowners and businesses to install cost-effective renewable energy and energy efficiency measures,” said Craig O’Hare, Energy Programs Specialist for the County. He continued “Many individuals are unaware of the incentives available and are also unaware that costs to purchase some systems have dropped nearly in half over the past five years.”

For more information contact Craig O’Hare, Energy Programs Specialist at (505) 992-3044 or cohare@santafecounty.org. You can also visit www.santafecounty.org/public_works/energy.

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This installation is on a residential home in Santa Fe, NM. The system is 4.2 KW, 19 Sharp 220W modules with Enphase 190 micro inverters. It provides about 80% of the homes electrical use, which is amazing!!

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Earth Day is here! Celebrate the Earth this year by reducing your carbon footprint by installing solar panels on your home or business.  Capture the Sun’s energy for clean, eco-friendly energy.

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