Alternative Energy Resources

Book: Library & Downloads

( for reviews and library locations)

  • Anderson, Bruce and Wells, Malcolm.”Passive Solar Energy — The
    Homeowner’s Guide to Natural Heating and Cooling”, 2005, A
    down-to-earth free online book, 160 pages
    Austin Energy “Green Building Sustainable Building Source book”, 2011. 50+
    pages, On-Line book by a power company, few pictures, lots of ideas,
    sort of like the LEED building program.

  • Balcomb J. Douglas,” Passive Solar Buildings, 1992, 500+ pages,
    36 chapters, Balcomb’s compendium of 70-80s solar research. NMSU
    Library, Las CrucesChiras, Dan, “The Solar House, Passive Heating and
    Cooling”, 2002, Holloman Base LibraryCrosbie, Michael J., “The Passive
    Solar Design and Construction Handbook”, 1997, Wiley, 300+ pages
    (construction details) “Library Loan “Thomas Branigan Library, Las
    Cruces)Georgia Builder’s very complete guide to efficient houses 150+
  • Luce, Ben, “Passive Solar Design Guidelines for Northern New
    Mexico “, 2004, 30 p. of Balcomb’s
    Edward, “The Passive Solar Energy Book, A complete guide to Passive
    Solar Homes” 1979, 400+ pages, Oldie but goodie, Alamogordo Public
    Library.Southface Home energy DIY projects, 86 pages
  • Tickell, Joshua, “From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank” Guide to Using
    Veg. Oil as an Alternative Fuel, 2000, 160 pages. How to DIY Biodiesel.
    Alamogordo Public Library. 629.2538 TickWiles, John, “Photo Voltaic
    Power Systems and the National Electrical Code – Suggested Practices”
    2010, 149 pages, rules for wiring PV,

BioDiesel & Ethanol Fuel

  • Biodiesel
    (This is a very informative Wiki that also contains information on other alternative fuel sources and an entire section on state by state government alternative fuel policies.)

Local book, see author Tickell
under Books.

Calculator programs for home
heating/cooling, building energy loads

    Home Energy Efficient Design; free house energy program from UCLA. And
    free relatively local weather included. 2010, for Windows. Looks
    complete and complicated.)
    Renewable Energy Laboratory’s HOMER program for electricity analysis to
    find the best possible combination of alternative electricity.)

Checklists for Home Energy &

    nice set of 9 free e-pamphlets on home energy in adobe format from the
    Rocky Mountian Institute. Enter in title block “Home Energy Briefs:”
    and press the Search button , 2004)

Cookers, Solar Food Dryers

Data, Maps, Sources of Numbers

Data, SW Weather, Averages, Historical

Directory, Solar Professionals in NM

In Otero County – Alamogordo –

  • Don Starkey FreeEnergy, 575-585-4931 (Solar Hot Water, Radiant Floor Heat, pool
    heating, designs, orders, repairs, advise for DIY)
  • Chris
    575-430-0918 (Off-grid living and installs, orders, repairs Solar PV
    Electric, Wind Electric, Rain Collection.)
  • John Kloepper, 575 -443-615 (Dealer in PV components and look at a
    working PV system)
  • Rod Sims, inspections, green
    plans 575.551.1662 (
  • Ed. Baker, Building
    Specialties, 575- 437-5055, (Master Carpenter, Passive solar additions.
    Passive solar home design.)
  • Otero County Habitat for
    Humanity, 575-437-6562 (Builds Energy Star, Green Built silver small
  • French
    Brothers Construction,
    575- 437-7134
    (Energy Star private building contractor, Subcontracts for PV

Distiller, pure water via
solar DIY

DIY Do-It-Yourself – all topics

Education, solar, alternate

  • (SunChaser
    School Programs (in Alamogordo too) look under Teachers and Fact Sheets
    for Solar, look under Homeowners or locally call Ron @ 575 682 6027)

Efficiency of Home Items


  • (solar tube information, the new-age
    skylight, good for retro applications)

Electricity, PV (Photo Voltaic)
Basics & Electric Codes

  • (about wiring PV, left column -
    Photovoltaic, Codes, Pubs, etc, also see Wiles under Books above.)

Electricity, PV (Photo
Voltaic) Equipment, Hardware

Electricity, Water Pumping
with PV array

Electricity, Wind Power- Big

Electricity, Wind Power-
Small Turbines

Financial: Tax and Credits

  • (look under Go-Solar and Taxes and
    Exemptions rather dated how-to monograph 2007)

General, All topics solar,
basics, explanations, etc.

    (Basics, good pictures, Look
    Technology, and Technology for Consumer. very well done site, and good
    teacher ideas too)
  • (National Renewable Energy Lab, lots of
    topics on energy savings, all levels.)
    (Nice site for good
    explanations of
    the hows of most everything. Careful- a few commercial ads right up
    front, just scroll down to get to the good stuff.)


Heat Pumps Geothermal –
Ground Coupled

Certification Programs – Energy Star

Home Certification Programs
– National Assn. of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Building Program

Home Certification Programs
– LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green
Building Rating System™ sponsor is the US Green Building Counsel

Home Inspections

    (Ohio site with many articles
    about home inspections and certified inspectors.)

Hot Water, Domestic Solar

Home Energy Audits (DIY)


Magazines (DIY)

    (very nice for homeowner alt
    energies, nice on-line basics review, some articles without membership.)

Off the Grid

Organizations, Solar

  • (New
    Mexico Solar Energy Association, State wide organizations, (Alamogordo
    branch meets every (info on fact sheets, workshops, contractor listing,
    conventions, etc)
  • (National – American Solar Energy Society,
    big multifasited organzation, their mag is SolarToday.)

Passive Solar – New Construction

Passive Solar – Retro-

Passive Solar – Zero Energy

Radiant Heating

  • (Long Q&A article about NM solar
    radiant home heat.)

Residential Building Codes
for NM & national

Retail Stores, New and Used
in or near NM.

  • (Solar
    in Albuquerque, Between Old Town and I-40 nice fact sheets, excellent
    on-line catalog, many essays on the active solar systems. New and Used.)

Software – Modeling Programs

    (Many Canadian energy programs,
    free of charge)

SunSpaces, Sun Porches,
Florida Rooms

Thermal Mass (also see Passive
Solar ideas)

Thermal Imaging

Window Efficency

    (very low U windows, in AZ and in
    NM soon

You can find this listing at the NMSU-A Web site www/ under Library,
Resources by Subject (see complete list), and alternative energy, or at
Alternative Energy

These URLS courtesy of NMSU-A
Community Education Dept, and NMSEA-Alamogordo Chapter.