What we do and who we are

Promoting clean, safe, locally harvested solar energy for every Texan.

As an education-focused nonprofit, we work to bring solar energy to all Texans via rooftop or community photovoltaics and passive solar design. Sunlight can sustain our communities by delivering inexhaustible, pollution-free, and affordable energy that conserves water and creates good-paying jobs.

Since 1976, TXSES has established a national reputation for our most high-profile projects, including the Austin Cool House Tour, on which we have been collaborating with Austin Energy since 1997.

As a chapter of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES, founded in 1954), TXSES in turn has chapters in Houston, North Texas, Austin, and San Antonio. All work to educate citizens on the use of solar and renewable resources and provide educational outreach programs at civic and trade events. The Houston Solar Tour, DFW Solar Tour, Bluebonnet Solar Tour, Hill Country Solar Tour, and San Antonio’s Solar Fest represent the Texas components of the ASES National Solar Tour each Fall. Solar Austin works to expand the city’s solar goals with an active citizen campaign.

These are some of programs and projects in which TXSES is currently or has recently been involved:

  • Publishing our newsletter, Solar Reflector and Solar News of Note, both three times a year
  • Encouraging cities to join the SolSmart program and improve their policies related to rooftop solar
  • Organizing the Austin Cool House Tour, held annually on the second Sunday in June since 1997, a collaboration with Austin Energy’s Green Building Program
  • Organizing solar home tours with selected electric cooperatives and supporting local home tours organized by our chapters (see our latest “upcoming events“)
  • Providing grants to our chapters in Austin, North Texas, Houston and San Antonio
  • Providing support (along with our North Texas chapter) to the Solar Car Challenge, a national competition each July for high school students that starts at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth
  • Using model solar car kits to teach elementary and middle school students about solar energy (see the 11-minute video)
  • Developed lesson plans on renewable energy for all grade levels, created in collaboration with the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO).
  • Making periodic grants to organizations such as Eco El Paso, a non-profit dedicated to fostering a learning environment for sustainable systems and life styles while integrating workforce and economic development concepts

Did you miss the 2020 TXSES Annual Meeting? Take a look at the topics we addressed and the presentations our guest speakers shared with us.

We continue to seek organizations with which to partner to spread the message of renewable resources and conservation.

2020 TXSES Board of Directors

All members of the board except the chapter representatives are elected at large by the membership to two-year terms. Terms are staggered such that half of the board positions are elected each December. Any TXSES member may seek election to the board.

Katherine Searcy – Chairman (Austin)
Micah Jasuta – Vice Chair (Austin)
Paul Gonin – Treasurer (Georgetown)
David Brearley – Secretary (Austin)
Amy Olsen (Austin)
Joshua Rhodes (Boulder, CO)
John Gardner (Brenham)
Robert Moss (El Paso)
Hanna Mitchell (Austin)
Angela Shen – Houston Renewable Energy Group (HREG)
Rosa Orenstein – North Texas Renewable Energy Group (NTREG)
Leslie Libby – Solar Austin
Kaylyn Randolph – Build San Antonio Green

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – Patrice ‘Pete’ Parsons