The Solar Reflector   

            Newsletter of the Texas Solar Energy Society     

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National Solar Tour


TXSES will showcase solar tours across the state, in Houston (Oct 15),  Dallas/Ft Worth , San Antonio, and the Hill Country (Oct 1). Homes and businesses with solar pv, solar thermal, solar attic fans, and that highlight energy efficiency, will be open  to the public. Keep an eye on our home page for more! 

TXSES Chapter Updates

Read updates from our chapters in Houston, El Paso, Rio South Texas, Austin, North Texas, San Antonio and our newest chapter North Central Texas Solar.       

TXSES is a member of EarthShare Texas. Encourage your workplace giving campaign to include this organization , which supports dozens of earth friendly groups,including TXSES. 

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Generous individual supporters include Robert Foster, Carol Harwell, Debrah Dubay,Vaughn Nelson, Ti Mougne, Steve Wiese, Charles Schneider, Chris Chandler, Jane Pulaski, Lorin and Mary Vant Hull, and ELizabeth Penniman
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Chairman's Corner

   Fred Yebra- TXSES Chairman

   August 2011  


Most everyone in Texas is feeling the high temperatures reaching over 100 degrees. Here in Austin, we have had 55 days of over 100+ degrees and counting. As I ponder how "caliente" it is outside, I can not help but think of how the sun's energy is also being used to cool, yes cool, our homes. Solar energy continues to be a fast growth market throughout the country and the world.Read more   


Executive Director's Corner

   Natalie Marquis-TXSES Executive Director

   August 2011   


On Sunday, June 5th, we celebrated our 15th annual Cool House Tour with our co-host, Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB). Record submission numbers told us to expect the homes to be of high quality, but never has the selection committee had such a difficult time choosing projects for the tour. We knew at 16 homes it would take a commitment of steel to see them all, but the diversity of offerings meant each tour attendee would be able to see all that mattered most to them. Read more   



                  The Sun Sets on the          
      82nd Texas State Legislature               



By Lucy Stolzenburg                        


By the end of the Texas 82 Legislative session, any hope of financial incentives for solar had died, but two bills did pass that were of interest to solar enthusiasts.Read more 


  Finances Drove This Decision for Solar
    By Matt Parrott 

Texas summers are relentless, and many homes aren't up to the challenge. This bad combination of heat and inefficiency led our family to seek an investment that would provide us with security and stability during some tough economic times. Read more                   


                 TXSES Gives Back   


Since the last Solar Reflector in March, TXSES has been busy supporting organizations and individuals who promote renewable energy and the wise use of resources in their communities. We have contributed funds to:

   *Spring Into Green/Lubbock  

   *Shelter with Spirit/Austin  

   *Access to Learning /Austin     

   *The 2011 Solar Car Challenge/Ft Worth  

   *The Alabama Solar Energy Association in conjunction with the American Red Cross in the wake of the tornadoes that ripped through the northern portion of the state. You may read more at About Texas


With the completion of our largest fundraiser, the Cool House Tour, this fall we will offer grants to schools around the state for programs that teach students about renewable energy. We feel these grants are especially neccessary in the wake of the latest state legislation that has cut $4 billion from public school funding.         



     State Energy Conservation Office  

          looks to improve schools'  

      energy efficiency and comfort



TXSES recently submitted several grant applications to SECO to fund renewable energy events and update the Infinite Power of Texas lesson plans. But given the serious need to replace old and inefficient HVAC systems in many Texas schools, SECO opted to direct funds to energy upgrades aimed at providing comfort to students and cost savings to school districts, a decision that TXSES supports    



            The Solar Reflector is a    

              publication of TXSES


 Chairman - Fred Yebra

 Executive Director - Natalie Marquis
 Editor - Lucy Stolzenburg
 Copy Editor- Leslie Lyle

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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