NTREG Calendar Archive - January to December - 2011
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Updated: December 03, 2011
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Date Event
January January 8 NTREG Monthly Meeting. Public welcome.
See our Events Page for maps and driving directions to our meeting location.
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (NOTE SPECIAL TIME!)
Topic: Prospects for Net Metering and the Future of Renewables in Regard to Legislation in the Upcoming Texas Legislative Session.
Presenter: David Power, Deputy Director of Public Citizen Texas
Where: Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 South Loop 12, Dallas, Texas 75217. The Trinity River Audubon Center is 8 minutes south of downtown Dallas, just east of I-45 on the south side of Loop 12. Map and driving directions.
At the meeting, the Texas Solar Energy Society will present a $1,000 grant/scholarship award to Bonham High School. Funds will go toward various electric vehicle projects under construction by the students. Clint Minnick, Ag Science teacher and program sponsor at Bonham High School will be on hand to accept the award on behalf of Bonham High School.
The grant is an ongoing part of Texas Solar Energy Society's outreach mission to further student education in energy conservation and renewable energy.
We will be joined by members of the North Texas Clean Air Task Force (The Sierra Club and Downwinders at Risk). Homemade desserts and beverages will be served after the meeting.
The Solar Shuttle (solar trailer) will also be on display. The Shuttle can generate and store sufficient solar electricity from the sun to power a modest energy efficient home! In 2010, the Solar Shuttle traveled more than 6,500 miles through 17 states and took part in 29 events around the country, with a combined attendance of nearly 500,000 people!


  February February 12 NTREG Monthly Meeting. Public welcome.
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Topic: "Application of Solar Energy to Air Conditioning"
Presenter: Keith "Bud" Leavell, Yazaki Energy Systems Inc.
Get cool from heat? Yes! Come learn how solar energy can be used to cool our homes!
Originally degreed in Electronics Engineering, Bud made a career transition in 2003 to the mechanical field as Sales and Service Manager for a large mechanical contractor, then moved to the position of Territory Manager for Carrier North Texas.
Since April 2008, Bud has been with Yazaki Energy Systems Inc. of Plano, Texas. He's involved applications of thermally-driven chillers to the renewable energy market, and has developed expertise in the nuances of applying solar thermal energy to these systems.
A copy of Bud's presentation is available on our Downloads page.  


  March March 8-10 Renewable Energy World Expo
Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida
Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America has been leading the way for the renewable industry for eight years. The 2010 Expo in Austin, Texas attracted 250 exhibiting companies. Featuring discussions and presentations during technical sessions related to technology, markets, business strategies and policy covering wind, solar, biomass, hydro, geothermal, ocean/tidal/wave, bio-power, bio-fuels and hydrogen energy sectors.

  March 9 70 Years of Energy on the Big Screen.
Coming to the historic Austin City Limits Studio, Austin, Texas.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, Studio 6A
Using film clips as a historical road map, "Energy At The Movies" is an entertaining lecture that will enlighten audiences about the ways films influence how we think about energy, and in turn, how we influence energy policy.
This event is being produced by the University of Texas and sponsored by the American Clean Skies Foundation. Additional support provided by AMD, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS and the Clean TX Foundation. General Admission: $50. Student Admission: $20. Livestreaming Registration: $0.

  March 12 NTREG Monthly Meeting. Public welcome.
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Topic: "The Nationally Recognized Bonham ISD Ag Science and Renewable Energy Program"
Presenter: Clint Minnick, Bonham High School Ag-Science Instructor
NTREG's March meeting offers an opportunity to talk with Clint Minnick, instructor at Bonham High School near Dallas. Clint oversees a program where students convert conventional gasoline or diesel vehicles to electric power, then use solar energy to charge the vehicle batteries. Come learn how Clint got this program started, and discover ways you can use his knowledge and experience to start a similar program in your school or a school of interest to you!
If you are a teacher .. or know a teacher (or administrator!) who would find this of interest, please invite them to attend! NTREG's meetings are free and open to the public.


  April April 2 Promise of Peace Community Garden Eco Festival
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
7446 East Grand Ave., Dallas.
TICKETS: Family & Friends - Five Pack for $5 in Advance. $3 at the gate per person \96 kids under 12 FREE! Music on stage. Butterfly tent. Arts and crafts for youngsters. Green Vendors. Peace Sculptors by POP kids on Exhibit. NTREG's Mike Renner will provide 100% solar electricity for the event sound stage!

  April 9 NTREG Monthly Meeting. Public welcome.
See our Events Page for maps and driving directions to our meeting location.
Special note! Beginning in May, our meeting location will change! Check our website for the new adddress, maps, and driving directions.
Topic: "Blue Wing Solar Energy Project"
Presenter: John Kosub, Project Manager, CPS Energy of San Antonio
The Blue Wing Solar Energy project is a 14.4 million watt utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant located just southeast of San Antonio. On November 4, 2010, the project became the first commercially operational utility-scale solar energy project in Texas, and is the 5th largest PV plant in the United States. Duke Energy owns and operates the plant and CPS Energy buys the power from the plant through a 30-year power purchase contract. The project consists of 214,500 solar PV modules and includes a 1/2 million watt demonstration project studying several different solar energy technologies.
About our Presenter:
John Kosub joined CPS Energy in 2001 and is a Project Manager in the Integrated Planning & Research department. At CPS Energy he is involved in strategic resource planning for fossil, nuclear, renewable, and storage technologies; business case development, technology research & development, and new power plant project development.
John received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from St. Mary's University in San Antonio and a Master of Science degree in Management of Technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
John is a licensed professional engineer and a member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.
A copy of John's presentation is available on our Downloads page.

  April 14 Tarrant County Public Health Earth Day
10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Tarrant County Public Health Building, 1101 South Main at Rosedale.

  April 16 Live Green in Plano
Five successful years offering North Texans the best in sustainable living, renewable energy, organics, energy efficient construction, and more.

  April 17 Oak Cliff Earth Day
Fifth annual event celebrating the planet. We anticipate another wonderful event, and hope you will be a part of it. Noon to 5:00 pm. Lake Cliff Park, 1200 N Zang Blvd, Dallas, TX 75203.

  April 23 Prairie Fest, Fort Worth
Tandy Hills Natural Area is 50 years old this year! Help us celebrate! The sixth annual Prairie Fest is an outdoor festival to celebrate our connection to the natural world through Music, Art, Dance, Environmental Stewardship & Wildflower Tours.
Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will provide 100% solar electricity for the Prairie Fest sound stage!

  April 28 Eastfield College Green Days
Eastfield College, 3737 Motley Drive, Mesquite, TX, 75150, 972.860.7100.


  May May 5 - 8 Mayfest
Due to a very heavy schedule of commitments, the North Texas Renewable Energy Group will not participate at Mayfest in 2011. We anticipate taking part in Mayfest again in 2012.

  May 14 NTREG Monthly Meeting. Public welcome.

Important Announcement!

Beginning in May, we will meet at a NEW, permanent location! Our "Events page" will be updated after our April meeting with maps and driving directions to our NEW meeting location.
Topic: "Using Recycling and Clean Renewable Energy to Reach Sustainability Goals"
Presenter: Greg Hawk, Scientific Consulting Laboratories, Inc.
About our Presenter: Greg Hawk is a registered environmental manager with a BS in chemistry from the University of Texas. He holds 5 patents related to technology that removes and recovers mercury from solids but could be used to recover a wide range of resources from landfills. He is the Director of Environmental Services for Scientific Consulting Labs, an environmental process development company, and the President of the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association.


  June June 5 15th Annual 2011 Austin Cool House Tour
Austin, Texas
The Cool House Tour offers insight into what we can do to improve our homes' energy efficiency, and an opportunity to talk directly with the home owners who did it .. how they did it .. and what they might do differently.

  June 11 NTREG Monthly Meeting. Public welcome.
See our Events Page for maps and driving directions to our meeting location.
Topic: "Electric Vehicles Presentation & Display"
Presenter: Neal Farris of the North Texas Electric Auto Association.
Neal has converted his own VW Golf to electric operation. He also recently purchased a new Nissan Leaf. The presentation will cover the latest battery technologies, newest production electric vehicles and the differences among the new hybrid automobiles. Afterwards, we'll adjourn to the parking lot to check out some of the electric cars. By combining our two meetings, we can benefit from each others' knowledge and information about low-cost electric transportation and renewable energy.



  July July 9 NTREG Monthly Meeting. Public welcome.
See our Events Page for maps and driving directions to our meeting location.
Topic: "Everything Water! Water supplies, conservation, and the zebra mussel threat!"
Presenter: Denise Hickey, Public Relations Coordinator, North Texas Municipal Water District.
About our Presenter: Denise is Public Relations Coordinator for the North Texas Municipal Water District. The NTMWD serves the water, waste water and solid waste disposal needs for many cities in North Texas including Plano, Richardson, Rockwall, Garland, McKinney and others. She will discuss the history of the NTMWD, water supply, water planning, water conservation, and the threat zebra mussels pose to our water supply.

  July 11-15 Straw Bale Building Workshop
Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center.
The workshop will demonstrate load-bearing and non-load-bearing straw bale building styles, basic straw bale construction, cement-based and clay-earthen-based plaster coverings, and door and window treatments.
Cost: $250 for the 5 day Workshop, 4-6 nights. Includes breakfast & supper on the work days, camping fee and all instruction needed to build a straw bale structure. Daily Rate: $60/day, includes breakfast and supper. Designed for those who cannot attend the whole workshop. Bring camping gear, sleeping bag, tent, personals, etc. Optional items: chair, flashlight, insect repellant. Outdoor showers provided. Vegetarian fare available. Bring your own lunch food! Wash stations available to clean eating utensils after meals. Families & groups welcome. For information and registration: www.camptonkawatexas.com or call 940-440-8382. Pay by April 15th for $25 discount. Include the Hold Harmless / Permission slip.

  July 14-21 2011 Solar Car Challenge
The Solar Car Challenge originated in 1993, and has been recognized by "Technology & Learning" as one of the top ten education programs in the country. Our program teaches high school students how to build roadworthy solar cars, and then provides a safe environment to race. NTREG members will participate in various aspects of the race and related activities.
See the Race Calendar Page for a schedule of events.


  August August 13 NTREG Monthly Meeting. Public welcome.
See our Events Page for maps and driving directions to our meeting location.
Topic: "Renewable Energy and the Environment Around the World."
Presenter: Dan Lepinski, NTREG Advisor.
Dan's job as a solar energy design engineer lets him travel extensively throughout many foreign countries, especially in Asia. He will share some of his extensive photo collection of renewable energy in use around the world. His presentation will also highlight various environmental issues, and what's being done to address the problems. After all, no matter where you live, we all share the same air and water.
About our Presenter
Dan has a 39 year commitment to renewable solar energy, conservation and building a sustainable future. He now serves as Senior Engineer for Fort Worth-based Exeltech designing equipment to connect solar electricity to the utility grid.
He is a respected expert and advocate for all things renewable and sustainable. He's been a member of the technical editing staff for Home Power Magazine, Co-host on nationally syndicated Mother Earth News Radio, and much more. In his "spare time" he designed and built the Solar Shuttle. The Shuttle showcases two full-size fully independent portable solar electric systems capable of powering a modest energy efficient home. The Shuttle provides power for various environmental event sound stages, emergency communications, and other needs.
Dan lived eight years off\96grid (no commercial utility power) with wind and solar power, and has spent the last eight years in a grid-connected home with solar electric and solar hot water. Dan is a friend and advisor of the North Texas Renewable Energy Group.


  August 21 Big Earth Racing Eco-Triathlon.
Big Earth Racing is sponsoring an environmentally-themed triathlon at Lake Tawaknoi, Texas. Race participant registration open until August 18.
The Spring Fall Classic event will host a recycling area, which will include companies recycling such items as athletic shoes, bike chains, athletic water bottles, tire tubes, cell phones - to name a few. The Green Scene will feature an Electric Vehicle, as well as numerous green vendors showcasing their sustainable products and services. We are very proud to announce the Spring/Fall Classic Sprint Triathlon Series will be powered by 100% solar energy through the courtesy of Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer and the assistance of the North Texas Renewable Energy Group.


  September September 10 NTREG Monthly Meeting. Public welcome.
See our Events Page for maps and driving directions to our meeting location.
Topic: "Remodeling for Health, Comfort and Energy Efficiency"
Presenter: Robert Ruth, LEED Accredited Professional Architect
Topics covered related to "Best building design and construction", practices to achieve sustainable living environments that are comfortable, healthy, and eco-friendly. Robert's personal research and experience in passive solar design, solar energy use, residential indoor environmental quality and air quality, building energy and water use, formed the foundation for his presentation.
Robert teaches Sustainable Building Design Principals, Passive Design Theory, as well as Resource Conservation Measures and Techniques for the USGBC-North Texas Chapter, and the University of Texas in Arlington's Division for Enterprise Development.

  September 10 City of Irving Main Street Festival
Saturday, September 10 in downtown Irving (Main St. and Irving Blvd.) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
New to the 2011 Main Street Event are "green" vendors. We are thrilled with the opportunity to include vendors specializing in environmental products, services, and education as we continue to encourage the public to integrate sustainability into daily living.

  September 17 City of Arlington Eco Fest
Saturday, September 17, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm at Founders Plaza and Levitt Pavilion, 101 West Abram Street.
Ecofest, a free, family oriented event, helps build a sense of community, stimulates environmental awareness, and promotes stewardship across North Texas.
Classes will be provided on do-it-yourself projects to reduce consumption of natural resources, as well as discussions to enlighten North Texans on different environmental issues and what can be done to help reduce, repair and prevent these problems in the future.
Local businesses are invited to showcase their green products and practical do-it-yourself solutions for home improvement and maintenance.

  September 24 NTREG Booth at the "BRIT" Center
Saturday, September 24, 10 am to 5 pm
The North Texas Renewable Energy Group will have a booth at the BRIT Center where we will provide educational material and answers to questions about solar energy, energy conservation, and related topics. (Volunteers welcome!)


  October October 1 American Solar Energy Society National Solar Home Tour
See our Events Page or the DFW Solar Home Tour website for details.

October 1 Hill Country Solar Tour
The Texas Solar Energy Society and Pedernales Electric Cooperative are pleased to announce a partnership for the first annual Hill Country Solar Tour, Saturday Oct 1, 12:00-6:00 (not UT-OU weekend!). This self guided tour, in the Oak Hill and Dripping Springs area, will feature homes and businesses with various solar energy installations -solar PV, solar thermal, and solar attic fans. Professionals will be on hand at each location to answer questions and discuss the potential for solar energy in the growing Texas market. Learn about solar system designs, costs, and how a solar energy system will reduce your electric bill.

  October 8 NTREG Monthly Meeting. Public welcome.
See our Events Page for maps and driving directions to our meeting location.
Topic: "What Happened for Solar - or Not! - During the 2011 Texas Legislative Session."
Presenter: Russel Smith, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA).
Russel's presentation reviewed the 2011 Texas Legislative Session and its impact on the solar market. The Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association's (TREIA's) 13 legislative objectives and outcomes were discussed, including statewide solar incentives tiered for residential, commercial and utility-scale projects as well as the Natural Gas & Renewables bill. Additionally, defeated legislation, such as Chapter 313 of the Tax Code, which could have had harmful effects on the solar industry, was also covered.
Russel has 33 years' experience in the renewable energy industry promoting renewable energy issues in Texas. He helped found the educational non-profit Texas Solar Energy Society (TXSES) in 1976 and became Executive Director of TXSES in 1978, a position he held until 1992. Smith co-founded the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA) trade association in 1984, and has served as its Executive Director from 1986 to present.

  October 15 NTREG Solar Energy Presentation at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth.
First in a quarterly series of free public education classes on solar energy, energy conservation, solar cooking, and many related topics. See our Events Page for details.

  October 17 - 21 Solar Power International Conference
Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas.
Solar Energy Trade Shows\92 Board of Managers has selected the city of Dallas in Texas for the Solar Power International (SPI) 2011 conference and trade show. The event will take place at the Dallas Convention Center, October 17 to 21. For the solar power industry in the North American region, SPI is the biggest business-to-business conference and trade show. Recently, Tradeshow Week has recognized SPI as one among the Top 50 fastest growing trade shows in the United States. Over 25,000 attendees participated in the 2010 conference.

  October 19 Texas Solar Energy Society BBQ Bash, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at
Poor David's Pub, 1313 South Lamar Street, Dallas, Texas.
TXSES will host visitors attending Solar Power International, but the Bash is open to everyone. First drink (beer/wine) is courtesy of TXSES. Reservations strongly recommended. Visit the Texas Solar Energy Society website, click "Contact Us", then "Drop Us a Line" to enter your name on the guest list, or e-mail mellenw@ntreg.org

  October 20 NTAEE Energy Conference
Brookhaven Country Club, 3333 Golfing Green, Farmers Branch, Texas. Presentation on the 16 million watt "Blue Wing" Solar Project near San Antonio will take place at the North Texas Association of Energy Engineers Annual Energy Conference, Thursday, October 20 at 11:00 am.
The NTAEE Energy Conference is a day-long event that normally costs $100. This fee supports the NTAEE scholarship fund, which in 2010 awarded over $16,500 to students pursuing an education in the energy arena. NTAEE has offered to allow NTREG members to attend Seth Kassels' presentation and have lunch for a reduced fee of $25 (cash or check at the door).
Contact Lissa Magel (on our "Contact Us" page) if you wish to attend. Registration is requested by October 13. If you do not register in advance, admission is NOT guaranteed.


  November November 6 - 9 Texas Renewables 2011
Texas Renewables 2011 November 6 - 9, 2011 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Organized by the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association. Conference includes three days of conference sessions, South Texas & Offshore Wind Forum, and a Green Living Showcase. Exhibits open to the public on two days.

  November November 7 - 9 Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency Conference
CATEE 2011 is scheduled for November 7-9, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. This marks the 10th anniversary of groundbreaking Texas air quality legislation, SB 5 (77th Texas Legislature, 2001). SB 5 introduced state initiatives to reduce emissions which, for the first time, included improving building sector energy efficiency, such as adopting energy codes, encouraging above code building performance, and requiring state agencies and political subdivisions to establish goals for reducing consumption by 5% per year.

  November 12 NTREG Monthly Meeting. Public welcome.
See our Events Page for maps and driving directions to our meeting location.
Topic: "The Present and Future of Distributed Renewable Energy in Texas."
Presenter: Steve Wiese
Solar and Renewable Energy incentives statewide. Discussion addressed Oncor specifically, and other programs offered elsewhere throughout Texas, including feed-in-tarrifs (money a power company pays to owners of solar electric equipment for excess power fed back to the utility grid), Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs), and what implications they have for Texans.
About our Presenter
Mr. Wiese is the founder and Principal of Clean Energy Associates, a consulting firm providing services related to policy and program development, monitoring and performance verification, technical analysis and education relating to distributed renewable energy. In this capacity, he designed and manages the solar incentive programs now offered by seven investor-owned electric utilities in Texas, which together have provided over $18 million in incentives to Texas electricity consumers since 2009.
Steven currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA), and is an active member of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), and the Texas Solar Energy Society (TXSES).


  December December 10 NTREG Monthly Meeting. Public welcome.
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