Solar Austin Holiday Party!

Holiday Party ImageJoin Solar Austin for our first annual holiday fundraiser!

Enjoy music, drinks, and appetizers with your favorite local solar advocates.

Don’t miss the awards ceremony to honor the biggest Solar Movers and Shakers of 2015.

As you may know, Solar Austin is composed of a volunteer board and you, our supporters! While we got a lot done in 2015, just imagine what we could accomplish with an actual paid staffer! But we need your help. Come hang out, talk solar, and help us meet our goal of raising $50,000 to staff a Solar Austin “office,” coming soon near you!

Free drink and appetizers included with each ticket, plus happy hour specials available all night.

When: 6-9pm on December 8th, 2015
Where: Brick Oven Restaurant, 1209 Red River Street
Why: For good times and money raising!

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October Happy Hour

Happy Hour

The Next Generation of Solar Innovators 

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 

This month, we will hear from an exciting panel of students from Huston-Tillotson, St. Edwards and University of Texas on solar, environmentalism, and the future of energy in Austin and beyond. We’ll hear about projects from installing solar panels on campus to researching new technologies to creating solar charging stations, and more.
We hope you’ll join us to hear from the next generation of solar entrepreneurs, policy makers and advocates.  

Huston-Tillotson University Goes Solar

Huston-Tillotson University has one more thing to be proud of – the school recently installed about 240 kilowatts of solar on campus.  The solar energy systems are on three buildings – the Downs-Jones Library and the Allen-Frazier and Beard-Burrowes residence halls.

Solar energy installations at Huston-Tillotson University - by Rachel Stone

Solar energy installations at Huston-Tillotson University – by Rachel Stone

This commitment to renewable energy is the university’s latest move that places it as a leader in sustainability.  The university had previously installed the SolarPump – a solar-powered charging station for laptops and cell phones.  That project brought awareness of solar energy to the students, but the new installations will make a more meaningful contribution to reducing the university’s carbon footprint.  Raising awareness remains a priority.  Students and others on campus can track how much electricity the new solar installations are producing through a web-based application.
Huston-Tillotson University Green is the New Black student group with university presidet Colette Pierce Burnette and Austin Mayor Steve Adler - photo by Rachel Stone

Huston-Tillotson University Green is the New Black student group with university presidet Colette Pierce Burnette and Austin Mayor Steve Adler – photo by Rachel Stone

Members of Huston-Tillotson’s Green is the New Black student organization participated in the unveiling of the solar energy installations.  The group has taken on a variety of projects since its inception in 2013, including the Dumpster Project.


August Happy Hour: Review of the 84th Legislature

Solar Austin Happy Hours are moving to the 4th Tuesday of each month! This month:

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at Scholz Garten, 5:30-8pm,

Wondering what happened at the last Legislative Session that may impact Solar? This month we will get a download on the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Charlie Hemmeline, the Executive Director of the Texas Solar Power Association, will will provide an overview of the recently concluded legislative session, specifically pertaining to how it affected clean energy, and give some perspective on what might be in store in the  solar public policy future.

Hemmeline photo 2

Charlie Hemmeline, Executive Director of the Texas Solar Power Association.

Come join us!    

RSVP here

Happy Hour: PACE in Travis County

Property-Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, is an innovative financing program that enables commercial, industrial, multi-family, and agricultural property owners to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for water conservation, energy- efficiency, and renewable energy projects. You may have heard about PACE when it first went through the State Legislature in 2009, or again when it passed in 2013. But in case you haven’t heard, in March of 2015, Travis County officially adopted a local PACE program and PACE program administrator, the Texas PACE Authority!

In July, we will hear from two key players in developing the new Travis County PACE program. Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea will speak on her efforts to bring PACE to Travis County, and Jonathon Blackburn, the Managing Director of the Texas PACE Authority, will discuss how PACE works and how to get a deal started today.

Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea

Brigid Shea

Jonathon Blackburn, Texas PACE Authority

Jonathon Blackburn

Come join us!

When: Tuesday, July 21st, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (program will start around 6:15 PM)
Where: Scholz Garten (1607 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701)
Click here to RSVP  

Follow up with EnergySage

Thanks to everyone who made it out to our Happy Hour last night. You requested that the presentation be a available on the website. Enjoy!

EnergySage Presentation for Solar Austin

Solar Austin May Happy Hour: Simplifying the Solar Marketplace with Technology

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Referred to as the “Kayak of Solar,”  EnergySage helps homeowners, businesses and non-profits to easily and quickly request, review and compare competitive quotes for solar PV systems and financing options online.  By offering them choices and transparency into prices, product, and installer quality, EnergySage allows consumers to select the option that provides the best value for them.

This month, we will hear  from Vikram Aggarwal, the chief executive and founder of EnergySage, about how he and his team have used technology to simplify the process of researching and shopping for solar.

When: Tuesday, May 19th, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (program will start around 6:15 PM)
Where: Scholz Garten (1607 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701)


Solar Austin Happy Hour: Celebration with Leslie Libby

Leslie LibbyLeslie Libby, Austin Energy’s Solar Energy Services Project Manager, retired on February 27 after 23 years of service. This month, Solar Austin will celebrate Leslie Libby’s contributions to Austin’s solar community and look back on her exciting solar career.

Leslie’s diverse experiences range from work on off-grid PV systems to creating the solar trailer powering sound at local events, to developing the Solar Rebate Program and the award winning Solar for Schools Program.

Leslie has truly been a solar champion for Austin.  Help us thank her.

Join us in the celebration!

When: Tuesday, April 21, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (program will start around 6:15 PM)
Where: Scholz Garten (1607 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701)


Austin Solar Champion Retiring

Leslie LibbyLeslie Libby, Austin Energy’s Solar Energy Services Project Manager, is retiring after 23 years of service.  In 2003, she was assigned the task of developing a solar rebate program.  Leslie’s skills and desire to see solar flourish in Austin made her the perfect woman for this job.  Under her leadership, Austin Energy helped 2,100 participants install 8.7 megawatts of solar on their rooftops.

A study in 2012 found that Austin Energy had the lowest cost residential solar projects in the country.  This is thanks in no small part to the active solar market that Leslie helped to foster through the Austin Energy solar program.

Leslie has been a true champion for solar in Austin.

To recognize her years of service to the community Councilwoman Tovo will honor Leslie with the Distinguished Service Award tomorrow (Thursday, March 12).  The ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.  Parking is free (with validation) in the garage under City Hall.

We hope you will attend to show your support and gratitude for all that Leslie has done to keep solar growing in Austin.

Solar Austin Happy Hour: Solar and Green Buildings

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is a national organization with the mission “to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.” The USGBC provides green building educational programs and is the developer of LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, an internationally recognized green building certification program. Come hear from the local USGBC Central Texas – Balcones Chapter on how solar interacts with green building and within the USGBC.


Reed Sternberg, Green Real Estate Agent, Co-Host of Shades of Green Radio, Board Member of the USGBC Central Texas-Balcones Chapter.

Scott Gerhardt, Chairman, Board of Directors USGBC Central Texas – Balcones Chapter

Come Join!

When: Tuesday, February 17, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (program will start around 6:15 PM)

Where: Scholz Garten (1607 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701)