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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11,2009 3 SBDC Report What&apos;s up with Green Energy? By LEE RAND, Partner at Sun Mountain Capitalfor the SBDC Are you keeping up with new technologies, including cleantech, in New Mex.ico? The "green" movement is likely to affect ALL businesses in the years to come Lee Rand has a good grasp of what is going on in the cleantech world today. In this week's article. Lee discusses what has happened recently-- and what the future holds. Supporting low-impact forms of energy generation -- cleantech, as it's called -- has been a hot topic politically and socially and has been a subject of mainstream debate and poli- tics for the past 10 years. As a result of consumer, regulatory and private interest in the cleantech sector, it has also been a hot topic for investing, and venture-capital investment in cleantech increased exponen- tially in the past decade. In 2001, venture capitalists invested roughly $507 million in clean- technology companies. By 2008. annual investment in tle sector was $8.4 billion Where did it go? Much of the early invest- ment in cleantech was done in the form of large deals with rela- tively small equity investments alongside massive debt-capital structures to help finance ma- jor infrastructure projects in solar power, wind power and smart-grid energy distribution. At first it appeared as though investors' bets on cleantech would pay off: The price of oil skyrocketed to nearly $150 per barrel over a six-month period in 2008. and equity indexes that tracked the performance of pub- lic cleantech companies became extremely popular among hedge fund investors. The 2008 election of Barack Obama and a Demo- cratic majority in both the House and Senate was expected to lift the !ndustry, as a climate-con- scious Democratic administra- tion would make significant in- vestments alongside private ifi- vestors and create incentives to invest more capital in cleantech. thereby increasing company valuations. The hopeful landscape changed in late 2008 as the world economy plunged into re- cession. The credit crunch cut the flow of capital to compa- nies that wholly depended on debt to finance operations and build new capacity. The price of oil suddenly plummeted to- ward $30. and that made early generations of green technolo- gies look far less economical than they had been just months earlier. The rate of venture capi- tal investing followed the mar- ket' down. and investments in 2009 will likely be a fraction of the amount invested in 2008. That said. it's too soon to proclaim the death of cleantech. Even though many of the large- scale infrastructure investments hehers, ld 00aznex .net made.over the past few years might not generate a return on investment right away, the need and financial return poten- tial remains for these envi- ronmentally wise technologies. The supply of crude oil is finite and the price of oil is expected to continue climbing. Most people accept that climate change is happening and that many of the Earth's resources are limited. Cleantech 2.0 Economic cycles and hot in- vestment areas wax and wane. but they don't eliminate the need and market demand for environ- mentally sound energy solu- tions. That understanding has bred a new generation of cleantech investing often called cleantech 2.0. The focus on infrastructure construction has given way to a focus on enabling technologies. such as the design of better op- tical microstructures, produc- tion of high purity silicon and the development of new ther- mal technologies, all of which increase the efficiency of exist- ing infrastructure. These "com- ponent" technologies require much less capital investment than major infrastructure projects and do. not require the same level of debt financing to get off the ground. Unlike the old world of Web and networking technology startups, there is no Silicon Val- ley of cleantech. New Mexico has a history of traditional en- ergy industries and infrastruc- ture. outstanding technology -assets in its national laborato- ries. strong government support and an affordable and business- friendly environment. As the flow of capital into cleantech companies picks up again. New Mexico is in a good position to attract investment dollars. Wesrekn New Mexico University's SBDC offers assis- tance to entrepreneurs who are starting a business or wanting to expand an existing business. These services are available at no cost. Call 538-6320 for an appointment with a business ad- visor, or email The SBDC office is located on the second floor of the Besse- Forward Global Resource Cen- ter on 12th Street: More infor- mation may be .found at www. nmsbd'c, corn/silve rcity/ index.html. The SBDC office, along with all other campus offices, will be closed for the .holidays starting December 17 and con- tinuing through January 6, 2010. Community Christmas Program and Potluck Dec, 20 The Bootheel Ministerial Alliance is sponsoring a special Community Christmas program and potluck at the First United Methodist Church. 3 rd and High Streets. on December 20, 2009. The event will begin with a pot- luck at 6:00 p.m. and program to follow at 7:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring a favorite dish and des- sert for potluck Churches wish- ing to participate in the program should limit their presentations to no more than two musical ren- derings. Will Lackey at Lackey's Fashion Cleaners may, be con- tacted for inclusion in this pro- gram at 575-542-3432. All other information available by calling Dick Davis at 575-590-0143.  Hidalgo County i li[l_ HERAL N sesV c ,Mat ixc MF;Se r il I I Hidalgo County Herald (USPS 020697) s published weekly by Hidalgo County Herald in the City of Lordsburg, County of Hidalgo, 212 E. Motel Drive, Suite B, Lordsburg, New Mexico 88045-1948 52 issues a year. Subscription rates vary. Subscription rate is $30 per year. Requests for corrections and complaints concerning news and editorial content of the Hidalgo County Herald should be di- rected to the editor. For further information on the Hidalgo County Herald's approved grievance policies, readers may contact the pub- lisher. Any unsolicited manuscripts become the property of the Hidalgo County Herald and will not be returned. All information con- tained herein is copyrighted 2009 by the Hidalgo County Herald. All photos/stories, unless stated, are written by our staff. POSTMAS- TER: Send address changes to Hidalgo County Herald, 212 E. Mo- tel Drive, Suite B, Lordsburg, NM 88045-1948. Periodicals Postage Paid at Lordsburg, New Mexico. PUBLIsHER/EDITOR: Brenda Hood ADVERTISING MANAGER: Glenda Greene PHONE: 575-542-8705 FAX: 575:542-8"704 E-MAI L hcherald @ +IRG North of the Border Roping held Nov. 28 The North of the Border Roping was held on Saturday, November 28, 2009 at the Hidalgo County Fairgrounds in Lordsburg. Pecos Shannon, above left and right, was the steer roping champion and the high money winner Of the team tying. Bill Snure, top right, was the champion calf roper. Courtesy photos the showed, everyone that when a parently we are fighting our own tfiink I'm just ranting about Letters to small town comes together as you troops. War is Hell if you fight to democrats forget it. The Editor did that day, you really want to win. There has been and always Republicrats, led by John be a part of so much love. I'm will be civilian casualties. I'm McCain are just as bad. He went The Hidalgo County Her- PROUD to be a part of this small sorry, but that's the way it is. You along with tarp, the stimulus <;/ ald urges readers to town, but big in showing their don'.t try your own troops for package and other hair brained voice their opin- love town. "You go Lordsburg." something that can't he helped, ideas. I'm just ticked off at all ions by writing in. Maybe one of the surrounding Get this pack of idiots out of the politicians; they have been there ./ " Letters can be towns will pick up on how you White house and get rid of all the too 10ng. They are taking my mailed to 212 E. really do care and act like you lawyers that keep telling our (our) country down a destructive Motel Drive. Sty. B, or can be do. "You go Lordsburg." troops how to fight a war. You path we don't need to be on. This e-mailed to If you have your Bible ready, fight a war to win: other wise get 2000 page health package should Only let- read Philippians 1:3-11. 1 can't the hell out. Ain't it strange how be used for the old out door Loi- ters that are signed by the au- say it enough "YOU GO our troops"can get blown to hell let, not in government. Same with thor will be considered for LORDSBURG!" or gone or shot to hell and that's Cap and Trade. Have you really publication. All letters that are published should be consid, Evangelist life? Even though hundreds of stopped and thought what that eyed the opinion of the author, Manuel Garcia civilians are killed along with our bill will do? Pay attention'or pay lffh dv boys and girls nothing is ever said the consequences! and not necessarily thal of the Enouo., alrea_] about the terrorists and what they Bah Humbug. Global warm- Hidalgo County Herald. Read- ers are encouraged to practxce Dear Editor: do. It's just war for them! Puke!t! ing another sucker punch de- their First Amendment right 9 f Enough is enough , is Let our troops fight to win and signed to control the stupid free speech, enough! Get Woods off my T ' 'shut uFt The officers. Congress masses. The lady that's the head He screwed up; now get him off and others need to be fired for of the EPA said this morning that Way, g the TV. Thtere is plenty going on treating our troops this way. what you breathe out of your to 0 without that crap everyday, ev- I have heard this bunch of mouth is a poisonous gas. Wow, Dear Editor: cry night and in betWeen. With Democrats call our troops Nazis. now they can control how many Well I'm back Lordsburg' what that bunch in the White Kerry said they were going into times a minute you breathe. What I hope you miss me as much House is trying to cram down' our villages killing women and chil- else are these morons going to as I miss you? Before I get this throats and all you hear about is dren, making it sound like it was stick on the stuPid masses? Oh letter on its' way I want to say Tiger Woods?. STOP! intentional and these idiots keep Yeah! They are moving gun con- Merry Christmas froha my fam- Why is our government try- getting voted back into office, trol thru while the masses arebusy ily to yours. Lordsburg, let me lng terrorists here in the USA? What's the matter with you? watching all this other crap and tell you how proud I am of you! WHY? Why is our government Bingaman must go along with none of it passes constitutional When I read that a least a 100 of trying Navy Seals for capturing a this tripe because he doesn't con- muster! Oh well, Have a Nice day you got out there and walked for terrorist? What the hell kind of demn it. It's time for change we & God Bless our Troops & our suicide awareness, it really war are we fighting? Gag! Ap- can count on. Get rid of this Country. We Need it! bunch of bloodsuckers! Gene Chadborn People. WAKE UP! 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