New Mexico has put itself on the map when it comes to solar energy in recent years.  But, will this renewable energy option still burn bright in the years and decades to come?  It's a question many people are asking, especially after the recent struggles of local companies like Advent Solar, which also benefited from state incentive programs. Ahead this week for New Mexico in Focus, a group of panelists will discuss the realities of solar power as an engine of economic development in New Mexico.

KNME's one hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m.  on KNME Channel 5.1. The show can be seen on KNME's Digital Channel 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m.

Additional topics to include:

  • The budget battles rages on, but not everyone agrees on the state's outlook.

  • Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry goes toe-to-toe with the unions over his budget-balancing plan.

  • The latest twists and turns in what is shaping up to be a memorable race for Governor.

*Craig O'Hare, special assistant for Clean Energy, NM Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Dept.
*Allan Oliver, deputy secretary, Economic Development Department
*Laura Paskus, Environmental Journalist
*Randy Sadewic, General Manager, Positive Energy Solar Electric Systems

 Guest Panelist:
* Lonnie Talbert, Former Chairman, Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce

*Sophie Martin, Managing Editor,
*Laura E. Sanchez, Former Executive Director, New Mexico Democratic Party
*Jim Scarantino, Editor, New Mexico Watchdog

NMIF Correspondent:
*Sarah Gustavus, KUNM Radio Host

*Gene Grant, Weekly Alibi Columnist

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"New Mexico in Focus" is produced by Kevin McDonald and Kathy Wimmer and closed captioning has been made possible by a gift from Mrs. Elspeth G. Bobbs.

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