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 […]

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 […]

Dumpsters potential fuel source

At a time when self-righteous environmental groups are trying to block solar power, and self-described green politicians are preventing “Not in my Backyard” wind power, our much maligned real power utilities continue to search for greener fuel options. It is not unusual that the bluster of the often government-subsidized non-profit ANTI’s impede progress through frivolous […]

New Crayola products just in time for the new school year

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McClatchy-Tribune Crayola has released a few new products that moms and dads might want to add to the back-to-school shopping list in order to make the transition more organized and fun. The new Dual-Sided Dry-Erase Board will help keep your family’s schedule organized and keep everyone well-informed. It is black on one side, white on […]

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 […]

ENMU wins bid for solar energy project

Xcel Energy has awarded a major solar energy project to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales that will offset nearly half of the energy needs on campus over a 20-year period. The project will generate approximately two megawatts of installed system capacity on the site. ENMU won the bid in a competitive process through the […]

Schools going solar

Clarence Plank Elida and Portales school districts will be getting $300,000 each in federal stimulus dollars for solar power projects, according to the state Public Education Department. Department spokeswoman Beverly Friedman said each of 15 New Mexico school districts would receive that amount for a total of $4.5 million for school solar electricity projects in […]

ENMU seeking to establish solar array

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With a possible new solar array, Eastern New Mexico University is looking to benefit the environment and save money on electricity. Vice President of Business Affairs Scott Smart said he has put out a request for proposals to construct a solar array on vacant land on Cherry Street near […]

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 […]