Who We Are & What We Do

Our mission: equitable access to solar energy for every Texan.

Because we envision a world where our children will grow up in a clean, safe climate, TXSES supports bold solutions to educate and inspire every Texan to adopt solar energy as part of an equitable, 100% clean energy future.

For more than four decades, TXSES has been the pre-eminent statewide organization developing free thought-leading, independent, fact-based educational materials that inspire innovation, share best practices and inform decision-makers on the critical importance of sound, favorable solar policies that will grow the industry; protect clean air; build healthy, resilient communities; support local, well-paying jobs; and lay the foundation for building a strong solar foundation for a 100% clean energy future for Texas, one community at a time.

A membership-based organization, TXSES’s unique niche is exemplified in our well-established local chapters in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio. Having boots on the ground in these major metropolitan cities, which represent nearly a quarter of Texas’s 29 million citizens, enables our gifted, dedicated experts to disseminate fact-based, relevant solar information.

Here’s a quick look at some of what we do:

  • Publishing our quarterly newsletter, Solar Reflector
  • Encouraging cities to join the SolSmart program and improve their policies related to rooftop solar
  • Organizing the Austin Cool House Tour, a collaboration with Austin Energy’s Green Building Program, held annually since 1997
  • 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 (video)