Texas Solar Events on the Horizon
There are a wealth of solar tours in the next few months. Find one near you and learn from the installers & owners on how to commit to clean renewable solar power.
Dallas area, Oct.7
Roosevelt Park, Nov.4
ASES Solar 2017
American Solar Energy Society's
Welcome to the summer 2017 edition of the TXSES Solar Reflector. In this Chair's Corner, I want to express how proud I am of our volunteers who keep this organization thriving. Their work led to another successful Cool House Tour in Austin, and we are looking forward to September's Bluebonnet and Hill Country Solar Tours, October's DFW Solar Tour, and November's Solar Fest in San Antonio.
Our mission of promoting efficiency and distributed solar energy is made possible through the generous gifts of time and treasure from the many volunteers and donors to the Texas Solar Energy Society and local chapters. I am filled with gratitude for all involved.
Since our last issue, an ill wind has begun to stir in the solar industry. When I last wrote, I commented on the steep decline in solar PV system prices. That is changing - prices have been rising and some modules are in scarce supply. Undoubtedly, there are complex and multifaceted reasons for this reversal, but in large measure it stems from an international trade dispute.
Are Solar and Wind Really Killing Coal, Nuclear, and Grid Reliability?
By Joshua D. Rhodes, Michael E. Webber, Thomas Deetjen, and Todd Davidson
In April, US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry
requested a study
to assess the effect of renewable energy policies on nuclear and coal-fired power plants.
So, are wind and solar killing coal and nuclear?
Living Off the Texas Grid, Five Years Later
Mike Renner is the former President of the North Texas Renewable Energy Group (NTREG), a chapter of the Texas Solar Energy Society.
In an article appearing in the May 2013 Solar Reflector, Mike wrote about his and his wife's experience transitioning from total dependence on the Texas grid to a life lived generating their own energy for all their needs.
I recently spoke with Mike to learn how he and his wife Elida are coping, five years later, without a fundamental element of modern society: the power grid.
The Solar Reflector is a publication of the
Texas Solar Energy Society
The Texas Solar Energy Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1976. The mission is to 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.
DJ Rosebaugh - Chair (Austin)
Ron Zagarri - Vice Chair (Austin)
Micah Jasuta - Secretary (Austin)
Paul Gonin -
Board Members at Large
Richard Behlmann (Katy)
Bill Glass (Austin)
Chapter Representatives to the Board
Leslie Libby - Solar Austin
Lissa Magel - North Texas Renewable Energy Group (NTREG)
Kate Rodriguez/Jacob Eyer - Build San Antonio Green/Bring Solar Home
Bill Swann - Houston Renewable Energy Group (HREG)
- Lucy Stolzenburg
Solar Reflector Editor - Ron Zagarri
Solar Reflector Copy Editor - Sarah Weber