Solar PV in Dripping Springs: a Homeowner’s Story About Going Big with Solar

When Michael Blank was nine, his dad, an electrical engineer, taught him basic wiring. At 13, Blank was doing more complicated electrical tasks than dad was comfortable supervising. Spoiler alert: solar PV and Michael Blank have a future together. When IBM released its first personal computer in 1986, Blank and fellow students at Video Technical […]

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Texas Solar Policy in the 87th Texas Regular Legislative Session: Vocal or Muted?

by Jane Pulaski In this nothing-is-normal simmering cauldron we’re currently living in, I am nonetheless thinking about the upcoming Texas legislative session. Perhaps it’s a distraction from relentless pandemic obsessing, but as a former house and senate committee clerk, every new session still arouses my penchant for the legislative process. While every session is unique, […]

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Building Pathways to Clean Energy Careers: Solar Austin Develops Equitable Clean Energy Jobs Internship Program

By David Bearley Solar Austin, Secretary, Board of Directors NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional (#091804-5) Solar Austin has had its one of its most successful and productive years since its founding in 2002. In spite of the global pandemic, we set records in 2020 for fundraising and monthly happy hour attendance. After years of operating as an […]

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The Future of Solar

by Roger Duncan I do not need to spend time to convince readers of this newsletter that solar power is the future of electric generation. But the way we generate that power will include many more technologies than the solar panels we are putting on rooftops today. Indeed, I expect solar panels and coverings to […]

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Build Small, Live Large: Building less costs less but doesn’t sacrifice comfort

Guest contributor: Alan Barley AIA Barley Pfeiffer Architecture With more than 30 years’ experience, we at Barley Pfeiffer Architecture have been involved in almost every type of residential project imaginable. Designing high-performance homes and remodels is our specialty. To date, we’ve completed more than 450 one-off custom homes and another 250 remodels. We continually look […]

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American Solar Energy Society’s 25th National Solar Tour Goes Virtual!

For a quarter-century, the American Solar Energy (ASES) has organized and delivered the National Solar Tour, the largest grassroots solar event in the U.S. This year’s all-virtual tour is being extended beginning September 28 and running through the official tour weekend, October 3 and 4. Carly Rixham, ASES Executive Director, talks about the Tour’s long-standing […]

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