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Solar Austin’s mission is to accelerate the transition to clean, renewable energy in Central Texas to build a healthy community and a strong local economy.

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July 21 Happy Hour: Richard Amato

For our next Solar Austin Happy Hour on Wednesday, July 21st, we’re very pleased to present our featured speaker, Richard Amato, President and CEO of Venti Energy, Inc.

We will announce the topic shortly, however in the meantime here’s a snapshot of Richard’s impressive experience:

Bringing together his background and expertise in clean energy and business development, Amato was sought by Danish investors to establish Venti Energy in 2006 as a niche player in the growing U.S. renewable development market. As founding President and CEO, Amato aspires to develop the untapped opportunity and potential in clean energy to help minimize the exploitation of depleting natural resources and energy supply worldwide.

Prior to his current role, Amato founded the Clean Energy Incubator (CEI) at The University of Texas at Austin in 2001 and at the national level, Amato was involved with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the creation of the Clean Energy Alliance (CEA), a group of leading U.S. business incubators dedicated to providing business and financial services tailored to the needs of the clean energy community. The Alliance consists of 17 incubators throughout the country concerned with the development of clean energy venture technologies. Amato currently serves on the Leadership Team for the CEA.

HAPPY HOUR DETAILS:

Solar Austin July Happy Hour

Featured speaker: Richard Amato, President and CEO of Venti Energy, Inc.

DATE: Wednesday, July 21, 2010
TIME: 6:00 – 8:00pm
LOCATION: Opal Divine’s – Penn Field location – 3601 S. Congress, Ste K

In addition to the July Solar Austin Happy Hour, don’t miss another great event coming up this month:

July 14th – CleanTX Foundation presents a panel discussion on “Using Geothermal Energy to Power Texas” – Listen to industry leaders from around the country talk about the opportunities and challenges of geothermal development in Texas, including:

• The market/resource potential for geothermal energy
• Enabling/pending/needed legislation
• Financing projects
• Oil and gas development practices which can translate into geothermal development
• Enabling technologies such as Organic Rankine Cycle engines
• Companies working on geothermal energy projects in Texas
• Trade groups and associations to join

More details can be found here:
http://www.cleantx.org/geothermal_event.html

As always, we welcome any suggestions for future speakers or any other ideas or comments. Please do remember to return Opal Divine’s generosity by enjoying their fine food and drinks and tipping your wait staff generously.

We look forward to seeing you July 21st!

Incenergy’s Smart Grid Project Launch

Join us for INCENERGY‘s Smart Grid Project Launch Party in the Agave Neighborhood!

Bring your family for an afternoon of fun & learning – tasty bites and drinks served + children activities.

When: JUNE 27, SUNDAY [2-5pm]

Where: AGAVE [5237 Sendero Hills Parkway] map

Featured Speakers:

Barry McConachie (Incenergy), Michael Webber PhD (University of Texas), Chris Czichos (Vicinia Development), Vera Fischer (Agave Homeowner), Marc Bell (Southwest Key Programs)

more information [download pdf]

$5-$10 suggested donation benefiting SOUTHWEST KEY PROGRAMS..

RSVP: info@ecoseriesaustin.com

June 16 Solar Austin Happy Hour

For our next Solar Austin Happy Hour next Wednesday, June 16th, we¡¯re very pleased to present our featured speaker, Iga Hallberg, VP of Business Development at HelioVolt.

Iga will speak about supply and demand within the solar industry ¨C lessons learned and projections ¨C from a global perspective.

Bio:
Iga has been with HelioVolt since 2006 and heads the company¡¯s business development and marketing efforts. HelioVolt is a manufacturer of thin film CIGS modules and is in the process of finalizing their initial production facility here in Austin. She has extensive experience working with emerging technologies and new markets. Prior to HelioVolt Iga was the General Manager of Electronics Materials and Technologies at NovaCentrix, a manufacturer of nanotechnology products. Previously, she held a variety of marketing and new business development positions at 3M Company. Iga obtained her M.S. in International Marketing from Boston University of Brussels.

HAPPY HOUR DETAILS:

Solar Austin June Happy Hour

Featured speaker: Iga Hallberg, VP of Business Development at HelioVolt

DATE: Wednesday, June 16, 2010
TIME: 6:00 – 8:00pm
LOCATION: Opal Divine’s – Penn Field location – 3601 S. Congress, Ste K

In addition to the June Solar Austin Happy Hour, the next Texas Green Network is coming up:

June 28th ¨C Texas Green Network June Networking at Austin Energy
¡°Teams of 6¡å green networking activities at one of our favorite host venues.

More details can be found here:
http://www.texasgreennetwork.org/?page_id=749

As always, we welcome any suggestions for future speakers or any other ideas or comments. Please do remember to return Opal Divine’s generosity by enjoying their fine food and drinks and tipping your wait staff generously.

We look forward to seeing you June 16th!