About Us

Solar Austin’s Mission

Solar Austin works to accelerate the transition to clean renewable energy in Central Texas to build a healthy community and a strong local economy.


The Creation of Solar Austin

Solar Austin began in December 2002 as a small coalition of non-profit groups and businesses who came together to: promote renewable energy as a solution to the harmful effects of power plant pollution on our communities and our environment; and educate the public and policymakers on the benefits of developing the clean energy industry in Austin. Solar Austin later formalized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and now also includes a 501(c)(4) arm as well.


Innovative Policy Development

Solar Austin promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency, and smart energy technologies as well as transportation solutions that create healthy communities. We encourage policies and programs that advance the use of renewable energy and assure that clean energy options are available to people at all income levels.


Public Education and Outreach

Solar Austin holds regular public meetings and events designed to educate and engage the public in support of clean energy policies.


Successful Advocacy

Solar Austin advocates for strong and sensible clean energy polices that will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and the public health, environmental and economic problems this dependency creates.


A Record of Success

Since 2002, Solar Austin has been an effective forum for fostering solar community networking and galvanizing collective action across a wide range of high-profile issues affecting the success of solar energy in Austin.

Solar Austin’s successes include:

  • establishing a solar rebate program
  • making GreenChoice – Austin Energy’s 100% renewable energy electricity option – a standard offer to utility customers
  • getting the Austin City Council to maintain the solar incentive program when significant cuts were proposed
  • ensuring that value of solar credit for residential customers is high enough to be fair for customers and not act as a disincentive for going solar
  • getting the Austin City Council to establish local solar goals
    • 110 megawatts by 2020 – including at least 70 megawatts customer-controlled (distributed residential and commercial)
    • 200 megawatts by 2025 – including at least 100 megawatts customer-controlled (distributed residential and commercial)
  • getting the Austin City Council to establish a 55% renewable energy goal
  • getting the Austin City Council to establish a 750 megawatt non-local utility-scale solar goal for 2017 (if available and affordable), or by 2025 (at the latest)
  • hosting many successful educational events

Solar Austin has been recognized with four local, state and national awards for its successful advocacy!