Below are some of TXSES’ and its Chapters signature events.
Keep an eye on our Calendar as more events become available in 2019.
_______________June 9, 2019
The 2019 Austin Cool House Tour is looking good! We have eight projects for our 23rd collaboration with Austin Energy Green Building: five, new homes and three remodels. There is an accessory dwelling that partners with a supporting shipping container, the first gray water system in the City of Austin, native landscaping that will make your heart sing, a wealth of rainwater collection and design features that make natural lighting and ventilation without heat gain a must for comfort in our Central Texas climate.
This year we will partner with Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore for retail guidebook/ticket sales starting in mid-May. Online sales will start in mid-April. Your guidebook is the ticket to the tour and is $25 before June 9 and $30 on tour day.
Visit coolhousetour.com to see all the homes. We will post addresses on the website a week prior to the tour but if you purchase tickets online, addresses are on your receipt and pick up your guidebook/ticket on tour day at your first home visit. If you purchase a guidebook/ticket at the ReStore, all the home addresses are listed in the book.
Wonder about Cool House Tours history, all the way back to the mid- 1990s? Visit the Cool House Tour Guidebook Archive for a stroll down Memory Lane.
Our Collaboration with the American Solar Energy Society
Below are the 2018 tours and events.
We will update as soon as we confirm our 2019 schedule.
Bluebonnet Electric Coop Solar Tour September 28, 2019. This will be our fourth year to partner with Solar Austin and Bluebonnet Electric Coop for a solar tour. We are going back to Bluebonnet Electric’s Eco Home in Brenham this year. Stay tuned for details! This tour is free and open to all.
DFW Solar Tour October 13, 2018. The North Texas Renewable Energy Group hosts their 9th DFW Solar Tour, the largest solar tour in Texas and the third largest solar tour in the nation. This year the organizers are pullng out the stops to highlight energy efficiency, sustainability and of course solar ipower in North Texas. Here’s a sample of what the tour will feature:
- Visit TreeHouse Dallas, the first energy-positive big-box store in the world
- Come learn how solar works from talks at IKEA, Plano Environmental Education Center, MLK Jr. Community Center, The da Vinci School, Treehouse Dallas, Cedar Hill Government Center, Huffhines Recreation Center, and Tarrant County College South Campus
- Several high schools are displaying their solar cars this year: Winston School Solar Car (at the Plano EEC), Coppell High School (at the Irving West Library), and Liberty Christian School (at the UNT Zero Energy Lab)
- Learn about the latest research in sustainable human-building ecosystems
- See the latest trends & products in home performance methods for new and existing homes
- Enjoy lunch from the SoulGood Food Truck
- Learn about the latest in battery energy storage technology at Axium Solar and the Caldwell House
Solar Fest San Antonio, Nov.17, 2018, not really a solar tour, but what a party! San Antonio is ranked seventh in the country for total installed solar capacity and 10th for solar capacity per capita! Build San Antonio Green and their Bring Solar Home program is making Solar Fest better than ever. Enjoy live music, cold beverages, a variety of food trucks and gather information on sustainable living at Hemisphere Park. CPS Energy will offer the opportunity to sign up for energy efficiency programs and local vendors will be on hand informing guests of sustainable practices.
Local Chapter Monthly Meetings
North Texas Renewable Energy Group (NTREG), Solar Austin and Houston Renewable Energy Group (HREG) meet monthly to present topics of interest to their communities. Build San Antonio Green (BSAG) works to bring sustainable building to the metro area and educates home and business owners on renewable energy with their Bring Solar Home campaign.
More on Our Calendar
Check out our Calendar for a listing of the many solar events in Texas and the nation. If you live near any of our four chapters, keep an eye on their websites, sign up for their newsletters and chat sites. Solar is local!
Build San Antonio Green (Bring Solar Home!)