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APRIL 2017

“Our Mission: Gallup Solar is collaborating with communities,
elected representatives,
utilities and industry to bring solar power

to all peoples in our area."

Gallup  Solar was founded

on March 30, 2007

Please join us on the

Tenth Eve

of Founding


March 29, 6-8

to celebrate and share

what was the enthusiasm

of knowing nothing

to our current expectations

for the future!


“We just want

Solar in Gallup…”

People will remember one fateful drive five women took to Albuquerque in March 2007 as Gallup Solar's beginning, but the seeds were sown in the lives of members long before this.

The five original founders pose with Jane Goodall in Albuquerque, March 30, 2007.  They are from left to right:  Be Sargent, Pat Sheely, behind Pat, assistant to Jane Goodall, Jane Goodall, Sister Rose Marie Cecchini, Sister Joan Brown (was not on the drive but pushed us to commit), Betsy Windisch, and Sister Maureen Houlihan. 

Sister Rosemarie Cecchini and Betsy Windisch had long been involved with grassroots organizations such as Stewards of Creations and Interfaith Power and Light, which championed responsible use of environmental resources and a return to spiritual connection with non-human parts of life.

LATER: while visiting a possible site location outside Gallup, Rose Marie stops to take a photograph of the landscape.

Windisch found records of Senator Pete Domenici's endorsement of solar energy feasibility in the 1960s, and admitted she had been thinking about solar power in Gallup for years.  

“Seeing nuclear plants, mining and the old, death dealing paradigm that refuses to face reality, became clear that we wanted something to happen.” said Cecchini, of the industrial and mental climate precipitating Gallup Solar.

LATER: Members of Gallup Solar deliver a packet to PNM detailing why they should consider McKinley County as the location for their megawatt-scale CSP plant (CSP was all the rage. Now we are supporting a municipal MW PV plant to be built in Gallup soon.)

The March 30 drive was to see Jane Goodall speak to the youth involved in Roots and Shoots at the Rio Rancho Nature Center. The excitement of this experience and the conversation that followed on the way back to Gallup gave first voicing to the idea of a photovoltaic plant in Gallup. Four of original five women came to the consensus that they all wanted to work for solar power in the Gallup area,
but it was Be Sargent who first articulated
this unacknowledged desire.  

“You couldn't be there that day and say, 'No.',” recalled Pat Sheely.

Unlike some previous activism the members were involved in, which tended to focus on opposing projects of questionable safety, such as uranium mining and new coal power plants in the Four Corners area, Gallup Solar was a major shift toward creating a positive change within the community.
Members agreed this was a relief.

Before Gallup Solar, solar power within and around Gallup had been limited to expensive applications to individual buildings.  Gallup Solar represented a platform to bring affordable renewable energy to all.  And the spiritual reasons were intertwined with the ideas of stewardship and social justice.

“ I can't really separate the injustice part,” said Sr. Houlihan.  “ We cannot separate destroying
and thinking all is right. 
The ones who suffer are the poor.”

Many of the original members grew up on farms and sought to bridge the growing disconnection between the general population and that which sustained them: the earth. So the group was founded to answer this question:  Is desire foundation enough to bring renewable energy to Gallup?

SINCE FOUNDING: The Gallup Solar has met every Wednesday, 6-8 pm at the Work In Beauty House.

This story is on our website and was written by Ender Kirin, above.

Please join us this

coming Wednesday!



Shándíín Bá Óltá


Solar Heating 101

APRIL 5, 6-8 pm
Melton Martinez, Solar Heating with Solarons

APRIL 12, 6-8 pm
Partnering to bring Solar
to those who need it

APRIL 19, 6-8 pm
Rick Kruis, Earthships

APRIL 26, 6-8 pm
Gallup Solar Board Meeting

Many of the sessions can be found on our website under menu GS101.

Our classes have led to the development of a small affordable DC system, which is on site for viewing every Wednesday.

This schedule is subject to rearrangement.
Plan on coming every week
and you won’t miss anything!



6KW on Bill and Kathy Head's home in Gallup, installed by Gallup Solar

Our president, Bill Bright, is ready and available to do cost estimates based upon your electric bill.

Gallup Solar’s nonprofit status allows us to offer wholesale prices for equipment, which will cut your cost by half and keep a lot of the money in our local economy.

Gallup Solar recommends the services of our local licensed electrician, Luis Rodriguez, who has now completed 5 solar grid-ties in Gallup fulfilling all state requirements.

But you are certainly welcome to choose your own electrician.

Call Bill Bright today for a free estimate at 505-728-9246.


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