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Updated: January 7, 2017.
(See our "Calendar" page for long-term schedule of activities as well as a history of past meetings.)

NTREG Monthly Meeting
Date: Saturday, January 14, 2017.
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
7171 Ikea Drive, Frisco, Texas -- Map
Meeting & Parking Information: Park anywhere near the main entrance.
Go in the main entrance. The NTREG meeting will be held in a conference room in the back of the restaurant. Take the escalator up to the second floor (there's only one escalator). The room entrance will be on the right.
Topic: FIELD TRIP! Everyone welcome!
Our January 2017 meeting takes us to IKEA in Frisco, Texas (map link).
RSVP is required only for the lunch provided by IKEA. (50 people.) Registration link below. More than 50 may eat - IKEA will provide only the first 50. Because we must notify IKEA a week in advance of the number of people signed up for lunch, please register no later than January 7, 2017. Thanks!
Presenter: IKEA Corporation
About Our Presenter
IKEA in Frisco has a 912,000 watt solar electric system on their facility, built with 3,780 solar panels. The system produces approximately 1,336,300 kW-h of clean electricity annually - the equivalent of reducing 1,016 tons of carbon dioxide, eliminating the emissions of 181 cars, or powering 115 homes yearly.
Meeting attendees will be given a tour of IKEA's solar facilities, including the solar array (weather and other circumstances permitting), see the system in operation, and ask questions about it.
Tour Agenda:
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - IKEA People & Planet Positive overview
10.15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Sustainable products
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Energy saving initiatives in the store
10:45 a.m. - 11.15 a.m. - Sustainability tour on the dock
11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Solar panel tour on the roof (weather & circumstances permitting)
11.30 a.m. - 12:00 noon - IKEA Food sustainability with lunch served (RSVP rerquired!)
IKEA Sustainability Strategy (provided to NTREG by IKEA):
"At IKEA we are guided by our vision of creating a better everyday life for the many people. And what is good for people is also good for us in the long run. Our business idea, to combine good form, function and quality with built-in sustainability, at prices so low that as many people as possible can afford them, is the foundation for our contribution to a better home for people with ordinary incomes. The home is the most important place in the world and a better home makes everyday life a little bit better. We also recognise that we have a responsibility beyond the home through the impact of our business and the role we have in society. We need to make a small, but significant, contribution."
"We want to economise with resources. We do not want to be wasteful, and we always strive to make more from less. This is part of core IKEA values. It goes back to our roots in the rocky landscape of Småland in Southern Sweden where people had to make the most out of the scarce resources at their disposal. This continues to influence us as we develop our range, and distribution and sales solutions."

RSVP Required!

IKEA will provide FREE lunch for the first 50 NTREG attendees who register for and take the tour of their facilities. Any number of people may take the tour, but only the first 50 who sign up and TAKE the tour will be provided a free lunch!

Send your RSVP to:

Registrants above the first 50 set by IKEA will be put on a list for free lunch in the event anyone on the "first 50" list fails to show up, and will be considered on a basis of the date and time registered. Sign up EARLY!
If the above link doesn't activiate your e-mail program, copy and paste the address below into your e-mail program:
Subject Line: "IKEA RSVP" (without the quotation marks)

Texas Solar Energy Society Annual Meeting
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017.
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Irving West Library, 4444 West Rochelle Road, Irving, Texas 75062
Map: Map Link
The Library is on West Rochelle Road, east of Highway 161, one block west of Esters Road, and north of Highway 183, an east-west highway that runs between Dallas and Fort Worth. Highway 183 is very interconnected between Interstate 35E on the east, Interstate 35W on the west, near DFW International Airport.
Tentative Speaker Agenda:

  • Charlie Hemmeline - Executive Director, Texas Solar Power Association
    Presentation: "Possible solar-energy bills that may be considered at the 85th Texas Legislative Session"
  • Larry Howe - Co-founder, Plano Solar Advocates
    Presentation: "The continuing expansion of rooftop solar in Texas and how energy agencies are finally gathering the numbers and paying attention to distributed generation."
  • Fran Witte - City of Irving Environmental Programs Coordinator
    Presentation: "A look at the beautiful Irving West Library, and the City of Irving's program that requires new city buildings to meet LEED standards of sustainability."

Free, and open to the Public. You need not be a Texas Solar Energy Society member to attend, however the Texas Solar Energy Society has asked that you let them know you'll be attending to help ensure ample seating is arranged.

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