The Solar Reflector   

            Newsletter of the Texas Solar Energy Society     

The 15th Annual Austin Cool House Tour, June 5

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Get connected to your local TXSES chapters at these events and read more about all our chapters here.                  

 Eco Fest at Promise of Peace Garden, Dallas April 2;  Plano Live Green  April 16; Prairie Fest  at Tandy Hills Natural Area April 23;Mayfest  Fort Worth the first week of May

Solar San Antonio

Solar Fest May 7 and the Annual Luncheon with Bill Nye the Science Guy May 19

HREG Earth Day Houston April 16 

Solar Austin- Major Generation Options for  Austin April 13   

TXSES is a member of Earthshare Texas

and April is Earth Month

in partnership with H-E-B stores. Encourage family and friends to donate at the checkout counter and support dozens of organi-

zations, including TXSES. 


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TXSES is a chapter of the American Solar Energy Society,
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Chairman's Corner
  Fred Yebra- TXSES Chairman
  March 2011

  As the new Chair of the Texas Solar Energy Society, I am grateful and proud to accept this position. All of us at the TXSES Board of Directors are enthusiastic to serve our membership and local chapters throughout the great state of Texas.

  As I prepare to write this note to our membership, I cannot help but make reference to some major events that highlight the need to transition our fossil-fuel economy to a cleaner and more efficient future. Read more 


Executive Director's Corner

   Natalie Marquis-TXSES Executive Director

   March 2011 

  Please join me in a huge thank you to our friends at EarthShare of Texas and H-E-B stores throughout the state for our largest donation to date from last year's 2010 April tearpad campaign.   

This important and valuable fundraiser begins again this year on April 1st and runs the entire month. H-E-B celebrates Earth Day every day in April and we can raise money by asking our family, friends and colleagues to tear off a square and donate at the H-E-B checkout counter.  Read more 


        82nd Texas State Legislature Update        

By Michael Albrecht

 At the midpoint of the 82nd Texas legislative session, over 30 solar energy related bills have been filed. The deadline for filing expired on Friday March 11, and the bills are now winding through the legislative process. Some are still waiting for committee assignment. Many have been referred to and heard before committee. Some committees have already held public hearing and gathered testimony on certain bills but as of this writing, no bills have passed out of committee to the floor of either chamber for possible debate and vote. Read more        



    Call Your State Representatives and    

        Tell Them You Support Solar 


By Natalie Marquis    


  As Michael Albrecht's article above points out, there are a number of bills proposed which have to do with issues near and dear to our hearts:  statewide solar energy rebates, netmetering, disallowing Home Owners Associations (HOAs) from prohibiting solar installations and more. He gives instructions for following these bills as they wind their way through committee and hopefully onto the floor of the House and Senate.Read more  

                    TXSES Gives Back   


          Bonham High School Students Receive

  TXSES Grant to Create Solar Powered E-Mower


By Clint Minnick


  Bonham High School Ag mechanics are going "Green" again!  The 2010-2011 BHS Ag mechanics students are converting a John Deere 757 zero turn riding mower to a fully electric mower with solar panels, funded in part by a $1,000 grant from TXSES. Read more


               Sale of Nokero Solar Light Bulbs  

             Raises $1000 for 1House at a Time  


By Lucy Stolzenburg   


  The world's first solar light bulb, invented and produced by Denver based  Nokero, was the perfect stocking stuffer over the 2010 holidays. TXSES sold 50 bulbs and turned the proceeds over to award-winning 1House at a Time, an Austin based non-profit that has performed countless energy upgrades on low-income residences. Read more  


            The Solar Reflector is a    

              publication of TXSES

 Chairman - Fred Yebra

 Executive Director - Natalie Marquis
 Editor - Lucy Stolzenburg
 Copy Editors - Susan Tedter, Chris Chandler

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.        


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