The Solar Reflector   

                    Newsletter of the Texas Solar Energy Society- April 2012                                                 

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We do cool stuff and we make a difference! 

Sunday June 3
It will probably be hot but you can be cool!  Learn the importance of passive solar design, building technologies that insure energy efficiency, the value of repurposed materials, and of course, see the best in solar pv and solar thermal installations.
Meet the professionals and learn from homeowners!           
          Read all about it!
Tickets go on sale online in late April and at Treehouse and Zinger Hardware the second week of May.
For the first time, the American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Conference will  held under the same roof as the World Renewable Energy Congress. Preview the impressive program and  speaker lineup.

April is EarthShare Texas month at the H-E-B checkout counter. 

A $1, $3 or $5 coupon at H-E-B goes to EarthShare Texas and that coupon donation trickles down to TXSES! 

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Chairman's Corner

  Christine Chandler  


With the doubling of the solar market in the United States in 2011, this is an exciting time for TXSES. As the new Chair of the Texas Solar Energy Society I look forward to serving our members and chapters and working to fulfill our mission to increase awareness of the potential of solar and other renewable energy solutions. Now is a opportune time to educate the public and to dispel the many misconceptions about solar.

This year we welcome four new board members - Rusty Speed ( Vice-Chair), Jessica Galloway (Treasurer), Chris Boyer, and Tyra Rankin. Our departing members, Fred Yebra, Ti Mougne, and Leslie Lyle, were superb additions to our team and we will miss their guidance and wisdom. We are so grateful for all our dedicated board members who donate countless hours to ensure TXSES' success.  Read more  


                    April is Earth Month!

Get out and visit with the members of TXSES and its local chapters around the state. Learn about opportunities for solar and renewable energy and how you can make a difference in your community.


North Texas Renewable Energy Group
April 14-Energy Smart in Bedford-Bedford Public Library
April 15 - Promise of Peace Garden - Dallas
April 28
-City of Coppell Earthfest- The Solar Shuttle 
    will  provide power for the sound stage  

April 28 & May 26 -Ft Worth Prairie Fest-Tandy Hills   

    Nature Center. NTREG will provide solar power for 

    this event.


Houston Renewable Energy Group

April 14 - Nature Discovery Center's Spring Fling -Russ
     Pittman Park
April 22 -HREG quarterly meeting- U of Houston School 
Architecture  3:00-4:30
April 22 - Switch Documentary film screening follows HREG
     quarterly meeting
  El Paso Renewable Energy Association

April 21 & 22- Party for the Planet -El Paso Zoo

Solar San Antonio

April 12 - Air Force Earth Day Kick-off Expo- Port San Antonio
April 17 - UTSA Green Fair - Main Campus
April 21-  New Braunfels Kid Fest
April 21 - Fiesta Earth Day - Woodlawn Lakw 

  Solar Austin
     they stand on solar energy?  Join Solar Austin for the

The Texas Solar Energy Society

 April 22 - The state chapter will be at  the
Austin Earth Day
      Festival 2012 at the historic Browning Hangar at Mueller.

 The Solar Reflector is a publication of the Texas Solar Energy Society, a 501 (c) (3), founded in 1976. The TXSES mission is to increase the awareness  for the potential of solar and other renewable energy applications and to promote the wise use of sustainable and non-polluting resources.     

 Chairman - Christine Chandler

 Executive Director - Natalie Marquis
 Editor - Lucy Stolzenburg 

TXSES is a chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, shinning light on the solution since 1954.