The Solar Reflector   
            Newsletter of the Texas Solar Energy Society     
    TXSES Annual
 Sat. Jan. 8, 2011
Trinity RIver Audubon Center              Dallas, TX

Join us at this spectacular facility. Mingle with other solar enthusiasts, drink good beer and hear our guest speaker address the prospects for Net Metering in the  state.
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 TXSES and Austin Energy Green Building are taking  applications for the
2011 Austin Cool House Tour
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Chairman's Corner
   John Gardner/TXSES Chairman
   December 2010

   We have had another productive year for the Texas Solar Energy Society. The year started with new Board members (new faces and fresh ideas).

   We helped sponsor these events in 2010: Stampede in Salado in April; The Cool House Tour in Austin in June; Renewable Energy Round Up in Fredericksburg; solar tours  in San Antonio, Houston and North Texas.

   We added two new Texas state chapters in 2010: Solar Austin and Rio South Texas in the Valley.  We also revitalized NTREG in Dallas/Ft. Worth.

   We provided scholarships to students and grants to high school programs that promoted solar and renewable energy.

   See, I told you we were busy! Read more

   Solar and Renewable Energy Bills Are
                Now Being Filed at the                 
              the Texas State Legislature             

By Michael Albrecht

The 82nd Texas Legislative session begins on Tuesday, January 11, 2011. Pre-filing for the session began on November 8, 2010. Several solar and renewable-related bills have been filed and more are expected as the session gets underway, including one for a statewide solar rebate program. Though the session is expected to be dominated by the state budget shortfall and redistricting, renewable energy bills will be debated in the State Affairs, Energy Resources, and Technology, Economic Development and Workforce committees. Read more about the importance of the upcoming session relating to renewable energy in Texas.

      Solar America Cities Grant:
                         Update and Expansion

By Natalie Marquis

TXSES is now on round two of its SAC grant work. After a number of pathways were explored, we seem to have come to a strong and vibrant scope of work to be carried out, specifically for the Austin Independent School District (AISD). In a recent meeting with AISD, TXSES demonstrated what it has to offer their teachers in terms of both solar training and curriculum.
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                       The Quest for Net Zero in
                            North Texas

By Mike Renner

It started out in the early 80's with an article in Popular Science magazine. The article showed a detailed plan on how to build a small solar heater that could be mounted in a window to provide heat for a house. I followed the instructions and mounted it in the window of our rent house. I was amazed at how well it worked and from then on I was hooked on solar. Read more of Mike's quest.          
             TXSES Welcomes New Chapter
                        Rio South Texas       

By Lucy Stolzenburg

Think of the Rio Grande Valley and it's hard not to think of sunshine. So it's with great pleasure that TXSES welcomes  their sixth chapter, Rio South Texas.

  Born out of the desire to retool her plastics molding manufacturing facility to accommodate the production of solar panels, Sue Tseng and other entrepreneurs saw an opportunity to educate Valley residents on the power of the sun. With the help of John Lloyd from the Rapid Response Manufacturing Center at UT Pan American, and Charo Mann at the SW Community Investment Corp & Women's Business Center, the chapter was created in late Summer 2010. Read more

ASES Solar Tour a Great Success for Three
                      TXSES Chapters  
By Debrah Dubay

Texas Solar Energy Society member organizations participated in the October 2, 15th Annual ASES National Solar Tour, self-guided tours where participants learned the effect of solar energy applications used in over 60 homes and businesses in communities across Texas. TXSES chapters in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio/Bexar County presented tour goers with a wealth of solar energy opportunities.Read more

                   Recommended Reading                

TXSES Executive Director, Natalie Marquis, is intrigued by this article that reviews the premise of a new book by Roger Pielke
, The Climate Fix.
              The Solar Reflector is a publication of TXSES

 Executive Director - Natalie Marquis
 Chairman - John Gardner
 Editor - Lucy Stolzenburg
 Copy Editor - Susan Tedter

The Texas Solar Energy Society, a 501 (c) (3), was founded in 1976 as a non-profit organization created to increase awareness for the potential of solar and other renewable energy applications and to promote the wise use of sustainable and non-polluting resources.
TXSES is a chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, shining light on the solution since 1954.