Solar Industry Growing Good Green Collar Jobs in Austin

The installation sector of the solar industry is growing fast and creating good green collar jobs in places like Austin. These are jobs that can never be outsourced because a crew of installers needs to actually bring the solar panels and other hardware to homes and businesses and set it up. You can’t do that over the phone, so the local solar market is a dependable source of jobs.

Solar Employees – Mark Haller from Solar Austin on Vimeo.

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Solar Austin Happy Hour: Updating Austin’s 10-Year Energy Plan

We’re dedicating this month’s happy hour to a discussion of the Austin Generation Resource Planning Task Force recommendations.

Chartered by City Council to provide recommendations for the Austin Energy Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan to 2024, the Austin Generation Resource Planning Task Force has been working diligently since April to help guide our city’s energy investments. The Task Force recently released its final report and solar figures prominently in its vision of our energy future.

The current City Council has only a few months remaining to leave its mark and the Austin Energy Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan to 2024 is a big opportunity to do just that.

Come hear about the specific solar-related recommendations the Task Force has made and hear perspectives from a panel of local solar leaders on what the provisions would mean for our community.

When: Tuesday, August 19, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (program will start around 6:15 PM)
Where: Scholz Garten (1607 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701)
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SPEAKERS:
Mike Sloan, President of Virtus Energy and Task Force member
Tom “Smitty” Smith, Director of Public Citizen Texas and Task Force member
Kaiba White, Solar Austin
Scott Burton, Solar Austin

2014 Trajectories to Achieve Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Austin Energy

Ditching the Gas Pump for Solar

Chris and Krista are married and live in West Austin with their two children. They recently installed solar panels on their home as a way to save money on their utility bills. They also own an electric car, so they’re driving with solar energy too.

Solar Customers – Chris and Krista from Solar Austin on Vimeo.

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Affordable Housing Developer Using Solar to Keep Costs Low

The Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation (GNDC) is using solar to keep its expenses down in a affordable housing development. The duplexes in this development are net zero energy buildings, thanks in part to rooftop solar installations.

Solar Customers – Guadalupe-Saldana Affordable Housing Subdivision – Cassandra Ramirez from Solar Austin on Vimeo.

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Solar Panel Manufacturing Creating Jobs in Austin

Terence Parker is an Applications Engineering Manager at an Austin solar panel technology developer. He’s excited about the integrated solar panel and inverter modules his company is developing, how quickly solar prices are falling and the increased use of solar energy.

Solar Employees – Terence Parker from Solar Austin on Vimeo.

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Solar Austin Happy Hour: Solarize! (Today!)

When it comes to ramping up distributed solar, it’s not all about technology improvements and policy. Solarize bulk purchasing programs around the country are helping neighbors use their combined buying power to make going solar cheaper and faster.  Come hear Larry Howe from Plano Solar Advocates talk about their experience running a solarize program and let’s see if we can bring the lessons learned to Austin.

When: Tuesday, July 15, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm (program starts at 6:15 pm)
Where: Scholz Garten (1607 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701)
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 Larry Howe, co-founder Plano Solar Advocates

Since retiring in 2011 from a long-term engineering career in the telecommunications industry, Larry has been pursuing volunteer advocacy work in renewable energy, and more specifically solar energy in Texas.  Along with other Live Green in Plano volunteers, in 2012 he co-founded Plano Solar Advocates (PSA), a grassroots volunteer group of Plano citizens whose mission is to increase awareness and expand the use of solar energy for electricity generation in Plano.  He was recently elected to the board of directors of the Texas Solar Energy Society, a non-profit advocacy and education group that Solar Austin is a chapter of.

Larry has a talent for making solar simple to understand and an exciting way to bring neighbors together.  His work in Plano and other cities in the DFW area should serve as inspiration for people in all parts of Texas.

Join us to learn how solarize is working to expand the use of solar.

Going Solar to Help Control Rising Electric Bills

Mike Fisher lives in southeast Austin with his wife and three daughters. They recently installed solar panels on their home. Mike knows that as his daughters get older their need for energy will increase. He installed solar panels on his home in order to meet his family’s energy needs.

Solar Customers – Mike Fisher from Solar Austin on Vimeo.

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Solar Success Stories Campaign Launch!

Solar is doing wonderful things in the Austin community – reducing electric bills, creating jobs and making Austin more sustainable.  That’s why we’re bringing you a short (around 2 min) video each Saturday highlighting someone who is directly benefiting from solar energy.  Of course we’re all benefiting in numerous ways, including from cleaner air and a growing economy.

Solar Customers – Daniel Browning from Solar Austin on Vimeo.

Daniel Browning is an economist and homeowner in southwest Austin. He and his wife got their solar system and August and are enjoying greatly reduced energy bills and doing their part to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels.

All videos will be posted on Solar Success Stories page of our website as they are released.

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