Sandia’s Indian Energy program lead Sandra Begay and Renewable Energy Technologies senior manager Amy Halloran joined U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and others in celebrating the release of Heinrich’s Solar Toolkit, created to connect New Mexico communities to solar energy resources and information.
“Solar power presents a major opportunity to create jobs and investment in industries of the future – especially in rural areas – and to make the overall economy more innovative, productive, and clean. Solar delivers clean, sustainable energy for less, and creates thousands of jobs in our state,” said Senator Heinrich in a news release.
Sandia has over 15 years of experience supporting tribal energy programs which grew from it’s photovoltaic (PV) solar research and technical assistance. Solar strategies described in the Solar Toolkit illustrate the technical assistance and information available to seed ideas for more rural community solar projects.
“The Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy sponsors Sandia’s engineering work to provide energy strategic energy planning. Through this program, I assisted the Mescalero Apache Tribe and the Picuris Pueblo develop long-range energy plans which included solar development goals. Now people can read about these tribes’ success stories, and use these resources to develop their own,” said Sandra.
Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis, CNM President Kathie Winograd, State Director of Environment New Mexico Sanders Moore, and other community leaders also attended the Solar Toolkit release at the CNM Workforce Training Center.
Top photo courtesy of @MartinHeinrich.