The Solar Reflector   

                    Newsletter of the Texas Solar Energy Society- December 2011                                                 

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The 16th Annual Austin Cool House Tour will be June 3, 2012. Applications are now available and are due Jan. 23, 2012.
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Read updates from our chapters in Houston, El Paso, Rio South Texas, Austin, North Texas, San Antonio andNorth Central Texas Solar.       

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Chairman's Corner

  Fred Yebra  


I am happy to report that this past October was another very successful month for solar energy in Texas. Dallas entered the worldwide solar scene by hosting the eighth annual Solar Power International, a preeminent solar industry conference and trade show with close to 20,000 participants and 1,200 suppliers. Then in conjunction with the National Energy Awareness Month and the ASES National Solar Tour, Texas communities hosted local tours whose aim was to raise awareness for solar energy. Read more    


Executive Director's Corner

  Natalie Marquis


 We are pleased to announce the extension and renewal of our Solar America Cities grant in partnership with Austin Energy (AE). This part of the grant is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate great teachers from the five school districts served by AE. In a ceremony on November 18th at Crockett High School to inaugurate the first of 15 outdoor solar learning centers, we announced a curriculum writing contest for the five school districts served by Austin Energy. Read more     

     Austin Energy Green Building Wins
     UN Habitat Scroll of Honour Award    
 By Lucy Stolzenburg          

Austin Energy Green Building, TXSES' partner in producing the annual Cool House Tour, has won the prestigious United Nations Habitat Scroll of Honour Award. This follows, after 19 years, the United Nations Local Government Honours Award presented to Green Building at the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.The 2011 award recognizes AEGB for being the first in the United States to lead the way in sustainable building practices and commercial construction, providing valuable electricity, fuel, water and construction savings. The program ensures that buildings are energy efficient, thus making a positive, sustainable, durable contribution to the city. Read more  

             Homeowners and Installers:      
    Are you encountering HOA resistance? 

  By Michael Albrecht      

Editor's Note: TXSES is not in a position to give legal advice, but we are interested to hear about your experience with homeowners' associations since the passage of HB-362.


In May 2011 the Texas Legislature passed and the governor signed into law HB-362. The new law restricts Homeowner Associations (HOA) in Texas from enacting provisions that outright forbid the installation of solar energy systems.

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          Interactive Solar Career Map is
      Latest Tool for Industry Job Seekers

By Michael Albrech
In 2009 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), through its
SunShot Initiative , entered into a partnership with the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) to create the national Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN). In support of that effort, IREC recently launched the online Solar Career Map, an interactive tool designed to assist persons interested in joining the solar energy workforce. Read more     

            The Solar Reflector is a    

              publication of TXSES


 Chairman - Fred Yebra

 Executive Director - Natalie Marquis
 Editor - Lucy Stolzenburg

 Contributing Writer- Michael Albrecht
 Special thanks to Copy Editor Alexandria Abdallah  


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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