Thursday, April 9, 2009

Governor Signs HB 572 - Solar Financing Bill Becomes Law!

Today, at the Santa Fe Community College's Biomass-powered heating facility, Governor Richardson signed HB 572, my solar financing bill. It was a terrific event at which the Governor also signed a broad range of clean energy bills that encourage development of new renewable energy technologies, incentivize the hiring of new employees for green-collar jobs, and allow counties to issue bonds to pay for new training programs in the renewable energy industry.

Here is the Governor signing the bill:

Here the Governor gives me the pen he used to sign the bill:

Now, the effort moves to the county governments, who must use these new tools to implement solar financing programs.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Discussing the Solar Revolution on KNME

On Friday, I appeared on KNME Channel 5 (our NM PBS station) to discuss solar energy and the big changes our legislative session made to the solar landscape. I spoke about my solar finance bill, HB 572, and about solar gaining wider adopting and recognition as a cost-effective means of generating electricity.

You may find the video by clicking HERE. If you would like to skip to the segment where I appear, click the progress bar at the bottom of the viewer to 16:25.