The Solar Reflector   

                    Newsletter of the Texas Solar Energy Society-April 2014                                                

Help us to fulfill our mission

 
Educate citizens on the value of solar energy for their homes and in their communities, empower them to make informed decisions, and encourage them to connect with professional Texas solar businesses.




     H-E-B celebrates
         Earth Month

H-E-B offers coupons this month that benefit over three dozen environmental groups and TXSES is one of them. Don't hesitate to tear off a coupon at the checkout counter! This is all made possible through our relationship with EarthShare Texas.  
 
  Austin Cool House Tour
     June 8, 10:00-6:00 

The tour has evolved over the years with more homes built and remodeled to Austin Energy Green Building 5-Star standards. The 2014 
tour of 11 projects includes two very different Net-Zero-Energy stars: an affordable housing cluster in East Austin and a European castle styled home in the Westlake Hills area. An urban farm with a 5-Star home makes the statement that sustainable food production is also a crucial component of the energy conservation mix. There are 8 other great projects, so look here for MORE in the next few weeks.
 

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          SOLAR 2014
               July 6-10
           San Francisco

The American Solar Energy Society is pleased to present Solar 2014, in conjunction with Intersolar North America.   Learn more

TXSES is a member of the American Solar Energy Society,  shinning a light on the solution since 1954. Read the latest issue of Solar Today Magazine and Solar at Work.
 
 
Focused Energy's LG and
Enphase Roadshow:
Austin
      April 30, 11:30-3:00

Focused Energy will be joining their partners LG and Enphase, along with the Texas Solar Energy Society in Austin.  They are looking forward to meeting with you to learn more about your business and the local market dynamics in the Austin area. All proceeds benefit the Texas Solar Energy Society. MORE
   

 

 

      2014 Solar Car          Challenge

            July 16-25 

   

The 2014 Solar Car Challenge hosted by Austin Energy is a hybrid closed-track/cross-country event, spending two days at the world famous Texas Motor Speedway near Ft. Worth  then heading out on the road to Austin. Come share the fun... meet the kids and see their solar cars. MORE 

 



One environment,one simple way to care for it.
Your gift through workplace giving supports three dozen Texas environmental charities.  Reliant Energy generously supports EarthShare Texas through their
EcoShare Program 
 
   

Chairman's Corner

Scot Arey       

 

 

The Texas Solar Energy Society board of directors is undertaking a review of its core mission and strategy because the time is right to "renew our vows" with the Texas public and the ever-expanding Texas solar community.  Texas solar is no longer in a "will it happen" environment; instead we're facing a "how fast will it grow" world.  That's great news and it's because of the work and efforts of you, policy-makers, and industry leaders, both large and small, that Texas solar projects are headlining the industry publications.  

 

So it's appropriate for the board and our executive director to look inward to ensure we're supporting this next stage of solar development.  With the new board elections in January, and through board and sub-committee meetings over the past two months, we're proud to announce a revised mission statement for the society:

Educate citizens on the value of solar energy for their homes and in their communities, empower them to make informed decisions, and encourage them to connect with professional Texas solar businesses.   

 

These core themes reflect what we want to be for Texas. MORE 


                   Tell Us Your Story 
    Win a Waka Waka Solar Light & Charger 

        

 

TXSES will be giving a Waka Waka Solar Light & Power to two

solar enthusiasts: 

  You were the first to install solar-

Has your solar installation inspired a neighbor, friend or family member to also install a system on their roof or in their yard?    

  You chose solar because of someone you know-

Was your decision to install inspired by a neighbor, family or friend? 

Tell us your story. Good news travels faster between the people you know. Studies across the country show that a homeowner considering solar makes the final decision twice as quickly if a neighbor, friend or family member has solar. The last published report puts solar adoption between 'I think I might...' to 'I did it...' at 8 months if that person has no personal contacts to someone with solar. That drops to 4 months if the potential adopter knows another with solar.   

  

Entries must be no longer than 150 words and received at info@txses.orgby June 15.  With your permission, we'd like to post the winning stories in the Summer Solar Reflector.  

 

Make Texas the solar power state it's meant to be before the federal tax credit expires December 31, 2016!


  April is Earth Month and There are So Many     Opportunities to Learn About Solar Energy

                                    
NORTH TEXAS-The members of the North Texas Renewable Energy Group (NTREG) appear to forgo sleep in April. They have two solar trailers that provide power to several musical venues, while the members of NTREG fan out to the community Earth Day programs of North Texas, demystifying  the benefits of solar and encouraging its adoption. Read about the venues where you can find these tireless folks and don't miss an opportunity to visit Texas' only operating solar panel manufacturing facility, 1SolTech, April 12!  More


SAN ANTONIO-Solar San Antonio looks forward to seeing you at  Fiesta Earth Day on April 12. Visit their booth! These are the folks who make solar happen in the city! And it's not too early to start thinking about an "Evening Under the Stars" May 15, Solar San Antonio's annual fundraiser. This year's dinner is a celebration of the late Bill Sinkin's legacy of civic leadership and his focus on solar energy.

          

HOUSTON - The Houston Renewable Energy Group (HREG) lists six important events for April, starting with The Energy Sustainability Fair April 11, a guest lecture by  climate change expert Bill McKibben of 365.org April 21, and wraps up the month with a Solar Energy System Workshop April 25. This is the Energy City, and HREG members are making sure that includes solar.  Read about all the events planned for April here, including their quarterly meeting.



AUSTIN - Solar Austin is diligent about its watchdog responsibility to ensure that the city lives up to its international reputation as a renewable energy innovator. Their April 16 Happy Hour will feature a presentation on Austin's belated entry into the community solar arena. If you live in a tree shaded home or an apartment, this is your opportunity to generate solar power. More



DALLAS- TXSES will join Public Citizen at EarthDay Texas in Fair Park April 26 & 27 to promote our collaboration, Solarize Texas .


             


        
        The Solar Reflector is a publication of the

 Texas Solar Energy Society 

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.  
 
 Chairman - Howard Scot Arey
 Executive Director - Lucy Stolzenburg   
 Editor - Lucy Stolzenburg

             
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