News, Meetings & Near-term Events of Interest to NTREG Members and the Public


Near-term Meetings, Plus Local and Regional Events
Updated: August 12, 2015.
(See our "Calendar" page for long-term schedule of activities as well as a history of past meetings.)

NTREG Monthly Meeting
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015.
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Location: Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas. (Map)
Our meetings are held in the Fellowship Hall, which is accessible through the church main entry, or from doors in the rear.
Topic: "How much does Solar cost? Answer: It Depends!"
Presenters: Stephen Blackburn, Daniel Ortman, and Jay Squyres.
In what is likely to be one of the most popular meetings of the year, NTREG offers a triple-header of three presenters, all of whom have solar electric equipment installed on their homes. They'll discuss the process they went through to find a solar contractor, the type of system they have, how much it cost, and how it's performing for them. Outright purchase, leasing, and solar electric with battery backup will be topics of discussion. You'll have an opportunity to ask questions of homeowners with solar equipment about the steps involved in getting solar energy systems installed, how they work, what they'd do again .. and what they'd do differently. One of our presenters has a system that includes batteries that provide power to his home even if the utility power fails.
Arrive early! The room may be crowded!

City of Arlington "Ecofest"
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015.
Time: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location: Levitt Pavilion/Founders Plaza, 100 West Abram Street, Downtown Arlington.
This free, very family-friendly event is Arlington's largest, eco-event of the year. Ecofest features a wide variety of family-friendly activities such as education and "how-to" classes, a variety of vendors, free trees, music, food, and activities for people of all ages. (Parking is also free!)
Bring your old electronics! Computers, laptops, monitors, printers, cell phones, video games, household applicances and electronics. All will be recycled for you - for free!
For the sixth year, Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will provide 100% solar electricity for the vendors and other aspects of Ecofest.
The North Texas Renewable Energy Group will have an educational booth set up at the Solar Shuttle. Come by and say "Hello!". Better yet, spend an hour or two with us and help answer questions from booth visitors about solar energy! Don't know what to answer? This is a free learning opportunity!

Electric Vehicle Drive Week
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015.
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Grapevine Mills Mall, Grapevine, Texas.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments in partnership with the Dallas/Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition will host a regional "drive electric vehicle*" celebration at Grapevine Mills Mall in Grapevine, Texas, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. This is part of the National Drive Electric Week Project nationwide.
Want to test-drive an electric vehicle? How about testing out several vehicles at the same spot? Free and open to the public. (Licensed drivers only. Check the event website for details.)

2015 DFW Solar Home Tour
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015.
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Time may vary by site).
Location: Entire DFW Metroplex and beyond (this is a nationwide event). Last year, we had 48 homes and businesses take part. This is an event where home and business owners who have solar energy equipment installed invite the public to stop by, where the owners themselves answer questions. Self-paced, and self-guided. Visit the DFW Solar Home Tour Website for full details and participating locations throughout the Metroplex.

NTREG Monthly Meeting
Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015.
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Location: Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas. (Map)
Our meetings are held in the Fellowship Hall, which is accessible through the church main entry, or from doors in the rear.
Presenter: ONCOR
NTREG has been invited to take a tour of the new ONCOR "micro-grid" facility. This systgem is the first of its kind in the Metroplex! The system includes solar panels and other hardware - but also adds a unique aspect: batteries! In the event of a failure of the utility power, this micro-grid system will continue to provide electricity to a select group of homes that are serving as test sites. Come see the future of solar energy today!


This event is free. However, for security purposes, ONCOR has asked that we provide a list of names of everyone who will be visiting their micro-grid site with NTREG on October 10. Please contact us at the link below and provide your name, and the name(s) of anyone who will accompany you. Thanks!


City of Irving "Solar Cooking" Class
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015.
Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: Senter East Building, 228 Chamberlain Street, Irving, Texas. (West of Loop 12, south of Irving Blvd.)
Solar cooking is the simplest and easiest way to cook food without the need for using fuel or heating up your kitchen. Learn how to make a "solar oven" from everyday materials. Discover how easy solar cooking can be!
Registration is free, but class size is limited.

Second Annual Greensource DFW Run for the Environment
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015.
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: CHANGE OF LOCATION! Now: Red Oak Creek Trail
A trail head is located near the Alan E. Sims Cedar Hill Recreation Center, 310 East Parkerville Road, Cedar Hill, Texas.
Green Source DFW is holding its second annual "Run for the Environment", a 5K run/walk for the entire family. Cedar Hill, and the Red Oak Creek Trail are 10 miles southwest of Dallas and 25 miles southeast of Fort Worth.
Shoe recycling will be available! Have old shoes you don't want, but are still good? Bring them to the DFW Run for the Environment! In addition, numerous vendors will be on hand, as well as musical entertainment by local groups. The entire event, including the start/finish line, timing equipment, and other items will be 100% solar powered by the "Solar Shuttle".

4th Annual Sustainability & Natural Health Fair
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015.
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: 1600 Lee Street, Greenville, Texas (30 minutes northeast of Dallas)
Farm-Fresh Foods/Products, Natural & Energy Efficient Building, Sustainable Food Growing, Rainwater Harvesting, Renewable Energy, Alternative Transportation, Homesteading, Livestock & Animals, Herbs, Natural Health, Conservation, Local Crafters & Artisans .. and more!

Renewable Energy Events from Around Texas, the USA, and the World.

Events Courtesy of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association


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