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


Near-term Meetings, Plus Local and Regional Events
Updated: June 29, 2015.
(See our "Calendar" page for long-term schedule of activities as well as a history of past meetings.)

Richland Hills, Texas "Solar 4th of July"
Date: July 4, 2015.
Time: 8:30 am to 12:00 noon.
Location: Richland Hills, Texas City Hall, 3200 Diana Drive, Richland Hills, Texas
Bring your family, friends, and neighbors and help Richland Hills celebrate Independence Day! Free musical concert by "Vocal Trash", a very entertaining high-energy, environmentally-conscious band. Children's activities. Free parking. Free food. Parade featuring floats, classic cars, horses, wagons, and more! Activities start at 8:30 am and run until 12:00 noon.
Richland Hills' 4th of July concert sound stage will be 100% solar powered by the "Solar Shuttle" (solar trailer).
Event Location Map.
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NTREG Monthly Meeting
Date: Saturday, July 11, 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: "The new Rain Catcher Garden at Midway Hills Christian Church & Water Conservation Techniques."
Presenter: Elizabeth Wilkinson, Certified Dallas County Master Gardener with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
In spite of our incredibly rainy spring, and very full lakes, we still need to be conscious of our water usage. The Metroplex is one of the fastest growing areas in America, and with two or three years of drought, we could find ourselves under tight water restrictions again. Learn how to be proactive and save water NOW .. before it becomes another crisis!
Midway Hills Christian Church is striving to practice environmental stewardship as they rennovate their building and grounds. Less water usage lowers their water bill and remarkably, saves on energy! (The water company has to pay for the electricity to pump and process that water!) Learn what YOU can do at home to reduce water usage. Our meeting will include a "field trip" outside the church for an up-close view and tour of the gardens on the church grounds.
Elizabeth is very knowledgeable about the gardens and rainwater collection systems. She designed them for the church!

Reminder! We need donations of sports drinks! Bring them to the July meeting! NTREG volunteers will provide chilled sports drinks at the 2015 Solar Car Challenge. More than 250 high school students representing more than 30 racing teams from around America will take part the end of this month at Texas Motor Speedway - and they get thirsty!

Anyone interested in assisting with the 2015 "Solar Home Tour", please contact Lissa Magel ( ) or Mellen West ( ) via e-mail, or at our July meeting.
The Solar Home Tour is a national "open-house" type event the first Saturday of October, where owners of solar and energy efficient homes open them to visitors. People who are interested in learning more about solar energy can visit and talk directly with the homeowners themselves. NTREG volunteers assist homeowners throughout the Metroplex by providing literature .. and just "being there" as needed.
The 2014 Solar Tour achieved new levels of success - and this year's event can be even better with your help. You are qualified! No experience necessary!

Solar Car Challenge
Date: July 18-23, 2015.
Time: All day, each day.
Location: Texas Motor Speedway (Interstate 35W, north of Fort Worth)
In 2014, NTREG members volunteered with this event, part of which included our donating gallons of sports drinks and cool water to the high school students and teachers taking part in this annual event. We're doing it again this year! We need donations of sports drinks! Bring them to the July NTREG meeting.

NTREG Monthly Meeting
Date: Saturday, August 8, 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: "Introduction to the Texas Solar Power Association - History and Trends of Solar Energy in Texas, and Updates from the 2015 Legislative Session."
Presenter: Charlie Hemmeline, Executive Director of the Texas Solar Power Association.
About Our Presenter: A native Texan, Charlie returned to Austin after more than 8 years with the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, DC, where he lead innovative programs for solar and energy efficiency. Serving originally under President George W. Bush and later President Obama, Charlie led wide-ranging efforts to break down the barriers to mainstream solar and reduce the soft costs of implementation. Highlights included co-founding the Solar America Initiative’s market transformation portfolio and flagship Solar America Cities program in partnership with Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. Charlie holds a Master’s Degree in Public Service & Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from Texas A&M University.

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