Join us for SOLAR 2023 August 8-11, 2023 at the University of Colorado, Boulder

SOLAR 2022: Energy Transition with Economic Justice

June 21-24, 2022 | The University of New Mexico, 1 87106 US, Albuquerque, NM 87131 | Student Union Building + Online 

Thank you for attending the American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) 51st Annual National Solar Conference, SOLAR 2022, at the University of New Mexico and online. The theme of this year’s conference was “Energy Transition with Economic Justice,” and focused on an equitable renewable energy transformation. For this conference, ASES partnered with their New Mexico Chapter, the New Mexico Solar Energy Association (NMSEA), who  celebrated 50 years of achievements.

The SOLAR 2022 Opening Reception featured the father of modern linguistics and most cited scholar in modern history, Noam Chomsky. The Reception also featured poems by local poets Beata Tsosie Peña, Jimmy Santiago Baca and Hakim Bellamy.

The conference featured three keynote sessions:

  1. Wednesday, June 22Governments’ Role in the Renewable Energy Transformation featuring Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico Governor, Martin Heinrich, United States Senator for New Mexico, Ron Darnell, Senior Vice President for Public Policy at PNM and Dave Renné, Past President of the International Solar Energy Society
  2. Thursday, June 23 Ensuring a Just & Equitable Transformation featuring Shalanda Baker, Secretarial Advisor on Equity and Deputy Director for Energy Justice at the Department of Energy (DOE), Wahleah Johns, Director of the U.S. DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, Jonathan Nez, President of the Navajo Nation and Nicole Sitaraman, Deputy Director, Office of Public Participation at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  3. Friday, June 24Solar Design, Architecture and the Future of Solar Education featuring Ed Mazria, founder of Architecture 2030, Sandra Begay, Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, Dan Arvizu, New Mexico State University (NMSU) Chancellor and Gigi Goldman and Hal Aronson co-founders of We Share Solar

A Message from the Conference Chair

We are living in a world where the impact of climate change is felt in our everyday life with ever increasing extreme weather events. What used to be 100 year weather events will soon become annual occurrences unless we can aggressively address the climate crisis. The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) believes that with the right policies, education and other activities, we can reach a 100% renewable energy society and avert adverse climate induced weather events. 

ASES is meeting climate challenge issues through various activities including organizing the SOLAR 2022 conference to bring in key stakeholders to the conversation in order to explore interests of shared values, identifying issues in the energy transition towards 100% renewable energy. The organization and its programs are working on finding solutions to make a positive difference in communities around the world. The event was co-organized with the 50th anniversary of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association (NMSEA). NMSEA is a local chapter of ASES, a nonprofit association, dedicated to advancing solar and related arts, sciences, and technologies with special attention to the ecological, social and economic fabric of New Mexico. 

To elevate public, institutional, and governmental awareness of the important role the energy transition is playing in the U.S., a large number of bills dealing with an energy transition were passed during the most recent legislative sessions. The challenge everyone faces is how well the energy transition will happen with inclusive engagement with those who were often left out during the crucial planning stages. 

Participants had a fulfilling time sharing ideas during the four days of the conference. SOLAR 2022 allowed positive steps towards empowering each other in our common aspiration of serving all stakeholders judiciously according to their needs. 

On behalf of ASES and NMSEA, the 2022 National Solar Conference Chair, Ashok Kumar Ghosh, Ph.D., PE,  thank you for attending SOLAR 2022.

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