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Copies of select meeting presentations follow immediately below. Reference files appear in the bottom section of this page. All meeting files are listed in date order, from newest oldest. Because reference files are often published in sequence, they are listed in Section 2 by date, from oldest to newest.
 
Updated: August 27, 2015.
 

 
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SPECIAL INFORMATION

In 2014, members of the North Texas Renewable Energy Group began a self-motivated effort to compile data about solar energy systems in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, and throughout North Texas. At first, this project was to be a local and regional information resource to answer the question "How many solar electric systems are there in this area anyway??". The effort was started by NTREG member Jay Squyres. Very quickly, other members joined in, and the effort became a team project involving many, but still spearheaded by Jay. In early 2015, the research results were compiled into a "white paper", which was intended for public use. A copy was submitted to the American Solar Energy Society for consideration of presentation at the ASES National Conference from July 28-30 at Penn State University. To our extreme surprise and pride, the research paper was one of a very few accepted for presentation at the conference! Lucy Stolzenburg, Executive Director of the Texas Solar Energy Society, has been selected to present the results of the NTREG member's research at the ASES National Conference.
 
NTREG would like to acknowledge the efforts of Jay Squyres, Stephen Blackburn, Stephanie Byrd, Lissa Magel, James Orenstein, and many other NTREG volunteers for countless hours assisting in compiling the data in this report.
 
NTREG is pleased to provide the white paper report here in two parts for public download. The White Paper embodies the full detail of the report. The Appendix provides a listing of every photovoltaic system in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and North Texas as of the date of the report. No personally identifiable information is provided to protect the privacy of the owners of the respective systems listed herein.
 
We are also pleased to offer a full-sized color maps showing every known solar installation in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex as of May, 2015. The maps are available in two sizes: 8.5" by 11" for printing on standard letter paper, and a large map suitable for printing on 18" by 24" paper.
 
All of these documents are copyrighted. We ask that if you use them in any manner, please give credit to the NTREG members who created them. Thank you.
 
PDF 2015-07-12 Comprehensive Overview of Solar Power in North Texas - 2015.pdf (2.4 MB)
 
PDF 2015-07-12 Comprehensive Overview - Appendix.pdf (561 kB)
 
TIF Small 8.5" x 11" map (4.3 MB)       TIF Large 18" x 24" map (11.8 MB)
 
 

Copies of Selected Meeting Presentations
(Listed in Order by Meeting Date - Newest to Oldest)
 

August 8, 2015
 
PDF"2015 State of Texas Legislative Session Review" (2.2 MB)
Charlie Hemmeline, Executive Director of the Texas Solar Power Association.
 
A review of the 2015 State of Texas Legislative Session, and how renewable energy fared in gains, losses, and other aspects of new laws and legislation. Also an overview of anticipated action in the next legislative session.
 



April 11, 2015
 
PDF"Renewable Energy from Depleted Oil Wells." (3.7 MB)
Ramsey Kweik, Southern Methodist University Geothermal Research Laboratory
 
A fascinating report showing how depleted oil wells are becoming a source of geothermal energy that can be used for generating electrical power using nothing more than the heat from the Earth's crust.
 



February 14, 2015
 
PDFONCOR Presentation - "Electric Grid Battery Backup: Who gets to lead the next revolution in energy?" (1.3 MB)
Bill Muston. ONCOR Manager for Research & Technology Development
 
ONCOR, Texas' largest regulated utility, stepped forward in 2014 with a bold plan to invest $5.2 Billion for installing 5,000 MW of batteries on the Texas utility grid. If this project goes through, it will be the largest project of its kind in the world.
 



January 10, 2015
 
PDFJim Phillips Presentation - "Saving Energy in Your Home" (1.2 MB)
Steps to take before " going solar".
 
Jim Phillips, Professional Engineer, Certified Energy Manager, Certified Energy Auditor, Green Building Engineer
 



September 13, 2014
 
PDFJeff Nottingham Presentation - "Underwhelmed: Common Mistakes Under-Valuing Solar in the Texas Competitive Electricity Market." (3.7 MB)
"An Analysis of the Economic Benefits of a Distributed Solar PV System for a Commercial End-user in North Texas."
 
Jeff Nottingham, M.A., CEM, CDSM, CEP, of Verdigris Energy holds numerous professional designations including "Certified Energy Manager" & "Certified Demand-Side Manager" from the Association of Energy Engineers, and "Certified Energy Professional" from The Energy Professionals Association.
 



July 12, 2014
 
PDFKevin Shepherd Presentation - "Vision North Texas 2050" (5.2 MB)
"How Local Communities and Businesses Can Position North Texas for a Fiscally and Environmentally Sustainable Future."
 
Kevin Shepherd is a Principal and co-founder of Verdunity, Inc., a Dallas/Fort Worth-based consulting firm specializing in planning and design of sustainable communities and infrastructure. His presentation for our July 2014 meeting summarized the results and findings of the multi-year planning and visioning effort that culminated in the release of the award-winning Vision North Texas 2050 Plan.
 



May 10, 2014
 
PDFPhil Knox Presentation - "Improving Vehicle Mileage & Efficiency" (file #1 of 2) (6.8 MB)
PDFPhil Knox Presentation - "Improving Vehicle Mileage & Efficiency" (file #2 of 2) (341 KB)
Phil Knox is a nationally recognized vehicle efficiency expert. He provided a lot of information about vehicle efficiency, including some eye-opening facts about changing the shape of the REAR of our cars as possibly more important than changing the front!
 



February 8, 2014
 
PDF"Green Homes are Better for People, Pocketbook, and Planet." (4.3 MB)
Beth Johnson, a green-credentialed "Quadruple Crown" realtor gave an extensive presentation at our January 8 meeting. She discussed how the valuation of our homes would be affected by energy efficiency steps, and the addition of solar energy equipment to hour homes. This is a large file, with more than 120 slides.
 



January 11, 2014
 
PDF"Solarize Your Neighborhood Networking Event". (1.3 MB)
January 11, 2014 presentation by Larry Howe and Bob Litwins of "Solarize Plano", teaching others how to form "solarize your neigborhood" groups for everyone in the Metroplex and surrounding communities.
 



December 14, 2013
 
PDF"North Central Texas Council of Governments Initiatives on Electric Vehicles and Solar Energy". (1.4 MB)
December 14, 2013 presentation by Lori Clark, Principal Air Quality Planner, North Central Texas Council of Governments.
 



October 12, 2013
 
PDF"What Cities Are Doing to Support Sustainability". (3.1 MB)
October 12, 2013 presentation by Fran Witte, Sr. Community Outreach Coordinator, Office of Environmental Stewardship, City of Irving, Texas.
 



September 14, 2013
 
PDF"Solarize Plano". (1.6 MB)
September 14, 2013 presentation by Larry Howe and Bob Litwins of "Plano Solar Advocates".
Plano Solar Advocates is a volunteer grass-roots group with a mission to increase awareness and use of solar energy for electricity generation in Plano and surrounding communities.
 

 

July 13, 2013
 
PDF"Cycle and Recycle - What's Going on With Recycling??". (2.6 MB)
July 13, 2013 presentation by Jeremy Starritt, City of Frisco, Texas Environmental Services Manager.
 



April 13, 2013
 
PDF"Solar Cars for All Ages". (Large file! 5.0 MB)
April 13, 2013 presentation by Gary Vliet, Ph.D, about solar cars of all sizes. Contains considerable history for the past 20 years of various solar car races from America and around the world.
 



March 9, 2013
(Two files.)
 
PDF Austin Local Solar Advisory Committee Strategic Plan for Local Solar in Austin. (536K)
Presentation file #1 of 2 from the March 9, 2013 presentation by Steve Wiese, Principal of Clean Energy Associates.

 
PDF A Strategic Plan for Local Solar in Austin. (616K)
Presentation file #2 of 2 from the March 9, 2013 presentation by Steve Wiese, Principal of Clean Energy Associates.
 



February 9, 2013
 
PDF "Developing Geothermal Energy in O/G Plays. (Large file! 5.8 MB)
Maria Richards, Southern Methodist University Geothermal Laboratory Coordinator. A very informative presentation about generating electricity through the use of geothermal energy in Texas (not a discussion of ground-source heat-pumps or air conditioning). he high temperatures found beneath Texas provide an ideal mix of resources from which to produce electricity from geothermal energy. Although previous investigations into the geothermal resource potential along the Gulf Coast led to a successful demonstration project in 1989-90, the business environment was not yet supportive of renewable energy and the geothermal energy potential remained untapped. The geothermal energy potential in America is 10 times that of installed coal-fired power plants!



January 12, 2013
 
PDF "Solar Photovoltaics in the 21st Century. (2.8 MB)
Jim Duncan's discussion about photovoltaics -- past - present - and future. A broad look at the beginnings of solar electricity, where we've been, and where we are today. Includes system installation and related issues.



July 14, 2012
 
PDF "ERCOT capacity issues". (667K)
Ron Seidel's presentation on how we arrived where we are with the power grid capacity issues we're facing in Texas.



May 12, 2012
 
PDF "Thinking Outside About the Box" (2.25 MB)
Downloadable copy of Paul Westbrook's excellent presentation about home and building design for energy efficiency and comfort. Discussion includes new construction as well as tips for existing homes. Topics range from site selection and building orientation to electricity, water, transportation, recycling, cooling & heating (air conditioning, ground-source heat pumps), water heating, rainwater capture, and more. This is one of the best general presentations on home and business efficiency.
 



November 12, 2011
 
PDF "Incentives for Solar PV in Texas " (1.7 MB)
Downloadable copy of the Powerpoint by Steven Wiese. Topics include the Oncor PV Incentive Program, trends shaping PV's future in Texas, incentive designs and their applicability in Texas, and Legislation and Regulation. There's a wealth of information contained in Steve's presentation.
 



September 10, 2011
 
PDF "Remodel for Comfort, Health, and Energy Efficiency.pdf" (2.1 MB)
Material from the excellent presentation by Robert Ruth, Architect. Covered are many "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, form the foundation for this presentation.
 



August 13, 2011
 
PDF "Renewable Energy and the Environment Around the World" (Very large file! 11 MB)
A complete copy of the slide show provided by Dan Lepinski, with photos taken on five different continents around the world. Images show all forms of solar energy: electricity, cooking, wind generators, and solar hot water as used throughout various countries in the world. Alternate forms of transportation and environmental issues are also included. This was a fascinating meeting with numerous eye-opening slides! Large download, and worth it!
 



April 9, 2011
 
PDF "Blue Wing 14 Megawatt Utility-Scale Solar Energy Project" (2.18 MB)
Presentation materials by John Kosub, Project Engineer, CPS Energy of San Antonio. John joined CPS Energy in 2001, and is a Project Manager in the Integrated Planning & Research department. At CPS Energy he's involved in strategic resource planning for fossil, nuclear, renewable, and storage technologies; business case development, technology research & development, and new power plant project development.
 
The Blue Wing solar energy facility was the 5th largest photovoltaic system in America when it was commissioned on November 5, 2010. John's presentation provided an overview and insight into the work required to get the system installed .. and more importantly .. how well it's operating.



December 11, 2010
 
PDF "Whole House Energy Monitoring" (2.4 MB)
Presentation materials from Bill Neukranz from our meeting of December 11, 2010. In this second presentation, Bill shows how keeping track of the energy usage by various appliances around our homes not only saves money, but can also detect pending problems!
 



September 11, 2010
 
PDF The "Half-Way Club" (2 MB)
Presentation materials from Bill Neukranz from our meeting of September 11, 2010, Chairman of the City of Plano's Parks and Recreation Planning Board. Bill's "Top 10" list provides steps we all can take to reduce our utility bills by half, while at the same time increasing the comfort level in our homes.
 



August 14, 2010
(Two files.)
 
PDF Attics - A Hot Topic (Large File! 6.29 MB)
A PDF copy of the superb presentation given at our meeting of August 14, 2010 by C.T. Loyd, Technical Director of Texas HERO.
 
Topics include insulation, ventilation, roofing, radiant barrier, and many others. At more than 6 MB, it's a large file, but very worth the download!
 
PDF Attics- A HOT Topic Audio Presentation by CT Loyd (VERY large file! 22.1 MB)
Audio file from C.T. Loyd's presentation at our August 14 meeting. If you have a slow connection, allow ample time for the download. (Recording courtesy of Terry Jensen.)
 



September 12, 2009
 
PDFXeriscape and Sustainable Landscaping (1.5 MB)
By Geoff Sherman, Landscape Horticulturalist with the North Richland Hills Parks and Recreation Department. Geoff is also a Certified Professional Horticulturist, Certified Arborist, and Licensed Irrigator. This presentation was given at the September 12, 2009 NTREG meeting. Geoff has generously consented to share it with everyone.

 
 
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   Reference Materials Specifically for the "Solarize" Projects
Time-Sensitive Project Documents
Informational Video Files & Related Information

 

PDFNorth Central Texas Council of Governments "Solar Ready II" (219k)
Preliminary spreadsheet using data available to the public to show population, PV installations, and related data in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Other Texas data is included for comparison. For use in the North Central Texas Council of Governments "Solar Ready II Project" and other solar advocacy efforts.
 
Easily printable PDF format.
 
 

XLSNorth Central Texas Council of Governments "Solar Ready II" (660k)
Preliminary spreadsheet using data available to the public to show population, PV installations, and related data in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Other Texas data is included for comparison. For use in the North Central Texas Council of Governments "Solar Ready II Project" and other solar advocacy efforts.
 
Modifiable spreadsheet file.
 


Video Files

Energy efficiency and sustainable energy are emerging topics of interest that can positively impact the North Central Texas Region. With proper implementation, they can help to improve air quality in the region by decreasing the amount of power generation needed, and reducing emissions that contribute to air pollution. The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is participating in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Ready II program by partnering with the National Association of Regional Councils, the Mid-America Regional Council, and Meister Consultants Group. NCTCOG will work with local governments and interested parties to implement best management practices and provide training materials for solar energy in the DFW region. This program will work to improve the DFW solar market by providing a more streamlined and standardized solar process.
 
NCTCOG produced a two-minute introductory video for the Solar Ready II program. We've provided links to copies of this video in four different video formats to help ensure it will work with your computer. You may view this video in your browser by "left-clicking" on the link of your choice. You may download and save any of the videos to your own computer by "right-clicking" and selecting "Save Link As...". Apple users may hold down the "ctrl" key before clicking the mouse button. Please note: All of these are LARGE files, and will take time to download, especially on slower connections.
 
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XLSSolar Ready II Introduction
Source: North Central Texas Council of Governments
Runtime: 2 min 02 sec

MP4 Solar Ready II Introduction
Source: North Central Council of Governments
Low-resolution MP4. 22.4 MB

MP4 Solar Ready II Introduction
Source: North Central Council of Governments
Standard-resolution MP4. 36.2 MB

AVI Solar Ready II Introduction
Source: North Central Council of Governments
AVI format. 45.2 MB

FLV Solar Ready II Introduction
Source: North Central Council of Governments
FLV format. 36.2 MB

YouTubeSolarize Plano 2014
Source: Plano Television Network
Runtime: 2 min 13 sec
Larry Howe & Robert Litwins explain the purpose, goals, and benefits of the Solarize Plano Project.

FLV Solarize Plano 2014
Source: Plano Television Network
FLV format. 32.1 MB
Larry Howe & Robert Litwins explain the purpose, goals, and benefits of the Solarize Plano Project.

YouTubeSolar Energy in Texas - Don't You Wonder?
Source: Plano Solar Advocates.
Runtime: 1 min 13 sec

MP4 Solar Energy in Texas - Don't You Wonder?
Source: Plano Solar Advocates
MP4 format. 32.1 MB.

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General Reference Materials

Note: Though some material may appear dated, it isn't. For example, the studies from the Appraisal Journal were initially conducted in 1997 and 1998. Ten years later (2007 and 2008), the Appraisal Institute verified the studies as more appliable today than ever before due to increasing utility costs, and dramatic reductions in renewable energy equipment prices. We will continue to verify the validity and applicability of these studies and other materials to the best of our ability.
 
 

PDFThe Appraisal Journal 1998 (69k)
"Evidence of Rational Market Valuations for Home Energy Efficiency."
 
Study conducted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency showing the value of a home increases anywhere from $10 to $25 for every $1 reduction in annual fuel bills resulting from energy efficiency steps or the installation of solar energy equipment.

October, 2010 Update: Because this material was becoming dated, we contacted The Appraisal Journal to check on the validity of the information. The Appraisal Journal and the article authors confirmed this information is still as applicable today as it was when the study was conducted, and even more so given the increased cost of energy since the study was published.
 
Electronically reprinted with permission from The Appraisal Journal (October 1998), \A9 by the Appraisal Institute, Chicago, Illinois.
 



PDFThe Appraisal Journal 1999 (66k)
"More Evidence of Rational Market Valuations for Home Energy Efficiency."
 
Regression analyses were remarkably consistent, indicating that home value increases by about $20 for every $1 reduction in annual utility bills.
 
Study funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

October, 2010 Update: Because this material was becoming dated, we contacted The Appraisal Journal to check on the validity of the information. The Appraisal Journal and the article authors confirmed this information is still as applicable today as it was when the study was conducted, and even more so given the increased cost of energy since the study was published.
 

Electronically reprinted with permission from The Appraisal Journal (October 1999), © by the Appraisal Institute, Chicago, Illinois.
 



PDFEffects of Residential Photovoltaic Energy Systems on Home Sales Prices (858k)
"An Analysis of the Effects of Residential Photovoltaic Energy Systems on Home Sales Prices in California."
 
Prepared for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies Program, U.S. Department of Energy. The study focused on California homes, but the results are applicable nationwide.
 
This research analyzed a large data set of California homes that sold from 2000 through mid-2009 with PV installed.
 
The analysis found strong evidence that California homes with PV systems sold for a premium over comparable homes without PV systems. The effects range, on average, from approximately $3.90 to $6.40 per installed watt (DC) of PV, with most centering near $5.50 per watt. This corresponds to a home sales price premium of approximately $17,000 for a relatively new 3,100 watt PV system (average size of PV systems in the study).
 



PDFSelling Into the Sun: A Price Premium Analysis of a Multi-State Dataset of Solar Homes (2.2 MB)
"Price benefits to homeowners who sell a home equipped with solar energy equipment."
 
Homes equipped with rooftop solar panels are often worth thousands of dollars more in resale than similar properties without solar equipment, according to new Energy Department research.
 
This study, again led by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories alongside experts from academia and the real estate industry, found that homes with host-owned solar photovoltaic (PV) systems fetched an average of $4 in additional value for each watt of electricity produced by the rooftop panels.
 
That converts into approximately a $15,000 premium for a home with an average-sized 3.6-kilowatt PV system according to the analysis, which evaluated 22,822 home sales in eight states from 2002 to 2013, including 3,951 homes with solar panels.
 
PDFFull Report Fact Sheet (260 kB)
This fact sheet summarizes the full 2014 report "Selling into the Sun: Price Premium Analysis of a Multi-State Dataset of Solar Homes", with a focus on existing homes that have been retrofit with solar energy equipment. The full report is available here.
 
PDFNew Homes Fact Sheet (236 kB)
This fact sheet summarizes the full 2014 report "Selling into the Sun: Price Premium Analysis of a Multi-State Dataset of Solar Homes", with a focus on new homes with solar energy equipment. The full report is available here.
 
Original reports from the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs website.
 
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Electricity Markets and Policy Group, part of the United States Department of Energy, conducts technical, economic, and policy analysis of energy topics centered on the U.S. electricity sector.
 



PDFSimple Do-It-Yourself Basic Energy Audit (65.4k)
An outline of very basic steps anyone can perform to help discover and correct energy losses in their home or apartment. Many of the actions are free. Apartment dwellers can easily benefit from aspects of Steps 2 (air filter), 3, 4, 5 (hot water temperature), 7 (compact fluorescent lamps - remember to take them with you if you move!) and 10. If you DO replace ordinary lights with compact fluorescent lamps, keep the old lamps in a safe location, and put them back when you move. That way, you'll be able to take your compact fluorescent lamps with you to your new location. If in doubt, check with your landlord or management service first. This PDF may be printed and shared freely.
 



PDFThe Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting - 3rd Edition (1,944k)
Published by the Texas Water Development Board.
 



PDF2011 DFW Solar Home Tour Reference by Bill Neukranz (2.6 MB)
Reference guide from Bill Neukranz for the 2011 Solar Home Tour. Extensively documents the changes and upgrades made to the Neukranz home, and the improvements in energy conservation that resulted from each step.
 



ERCOT Interconnection Long-Term Transmission Analysis 2012 to 2032 Final Report
Added: February 17, 2014
 
PDFFinal Report Volume 1 of 2 (Large File! 12.2 MB)
PDFFinal Report Volume 2 of 2 (Large File! 14.2 MB)
 
Texas law requires that the Public Utility Commission of Texas ("PUCT") and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. ("ERCOT") study the need for increased transmission and generation capacity throughout Texas and report on these needs biennially to the Texas Legislature. ERCOT produces its Long-Term System Assessment (LTSA) report to satisfy that requirement.
 
Download both files for the complete report.
 



North Texas Renewable Energy Group Bylaws
Updated: January 10, 2015
 
PDFBylaws for the North Texas Renewable Energy Group.  (92.5 k)
 

 
 
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