TXSES Chapter News-December 2010

El Paso Solar Energy Association
 EPSEA – In October, EPSEA co-sponsored, in partnership with the Sierra Club, the Environmental Advocates of UTEP, and the Alliance for Clean Texas, a Town Hall meeting to engage community members in the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) Sunset Review process. Renewable energy, while not under the purview of TCEQ, promises to play an important part in the future of the environment in Texas. EPSEA hosted an “Eco-Party” on December 4, the end-of-year networking, socializing, party event where everyone and anyone that is interested in a renewable and sustainable future is invited to attend. We raised a toast to the world we want to live in and the future we want to be a part of. Great news for our city: The City of El Paso and El Paso Electric Company announced that starting December 1, 2010, 1.3 million dollars has been allocated for solar rebates in the El Paso area.
Solar San Antonio 
Solar San Antonio–  Solar San Antonio sponsored one of the 700+ ASES Solar Tours on October 2, educating residents to the power of the sun and we also provided support and workshops for the Texas Renewables Conference Novemer 7-10. The ongoing Bring Solar Home campaign is encouraging  San Antonians to  ‘go solar’ by providing information, solar lending options, assistance and advice to homeowners during the ‘going solar’ process. We are working with CPS Energy, solar installers, and financial institutions to eliminate the gap between consumers and industry professionals, thus increasing the number of solar installations in San Antonio. More information may be found at BringSolarHome.com.
Houston Renewable Energy Group
– Along with other solar communities around the country, Houston showcased their solar powered homes and businesses on October 2 by joining the  ASES Solar Home Tour.  Check the website for their quarterly meetings at the Gerald Hines School of Architecture on the University of Houston Campus.
North Texas Renewable Energy Group 
– The North Texas chapter has joined the mutitude of communities around the country by showcasing their solar homes and busineses. They bravely staged their first Solar Tour October 2 in spite of competion raised by the Texas/OU game in the Cotton Bowl. They will help co-sponsor the TXSES annual meeting on January 8, 2011 at  the Trintiy River Audubon Center.
Solar Austin
Solar Austin meets monthly at Shoal Creek Saloon at 9th & Lamar.The last happy hour hosted over 60 people who heard Larry Wies,  Austin Energy General Manager (just 6 weeks on the job), provide his view of the renewable energy future for Austin. Solar Austin is working on a project to bring similar clean energy groups together in the Austin area. The chapter is also preparing to be an advocate for solar and other renewable energy technologies in Austin Energy’s rate case, which is expected to culminate in a comprehensive rate proposal in September of 2012.
Rio South Texas
TXSES’ newest chapter is in the process of organizing itself to present renewable energy education to the RIo Grande Valley. Read more