Chapters and Affiliates
TXSES is a chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, whose members have promoted solar energy since 1954. Their annual National Solar Tour is the world's largest grassroots solar event, and in October 2012 involved over 550 communities. This year, TXSES chapters in North Texas, San Antonio and Houston, as well as the area surrounding Dripping Springs, will be a part of this annual event.
HREG meets quarterly, the next meeting is Dec 5 (location TBD). In 2013, based on popular demand from surrounding communities, with the USGBC Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, they have produced a brochure that examines the history, incentives and barriers to solar in Houston. The 10th Annual Houston Solar Tour is October 19, in conjunction with Houston Energy Day 2013. Join the conversation on the HREG Yahoo Group.
Solar Austin hosts speakers and panels monthly, meeting at Schulz Garten on the third Tuesday of the month. They have actively worked to keep the importance of solar incentives and clean job creation on the minds of Austin Energy and the Austin City Council. They were instrumental in the creation of a city advisory committee to create a strategic plan for local solar in Austin (LSAC). The recommendation includes a goal of 200-300 MW of local solar by 2020, ambitious since the city currently has just less than 40MW.
Learn more about the Solar San Antonio's innovative, Bring Solar Home Campaign, and their commitment to encourage residential and commercial installations. With OCI Solar moving to town, the city has more solar under contract than any city in the nation. The goal is 400MW and the Nexolon solar manufacturing facility broke ground in spring 2013. Solar San Antonio is a powerhouse in the realms of promoting the adoption of solar, educating home and business owners on the value of solar, and protecting the right for fair compensation for solar power generated. Don't miss Solar Fest 2013 on October 19.
North Texas Renewable Energy Group
NTREG meets the second Saturday of the month at REI (4515 LBJ Freeway, Dallas) and boasts an impressive list of topics and guest speakers-everything from a presentation on living off the grid to the necessity of conservation in our Texas water crisis. NTREG members Mike Renner and Dan Lipinski have been active with their solar trailers, powering everything from beer and music venues to disaster relief. The fourth annual DFW Solar Home Tour is October 5 and will have 30 projects, including homes, businesses, parks and schools, for their self guided tour. Join their Yahoo Group!