Near-term Meetings, Plus Local and Regional Events
Updated: April 19, 2015.
(See our "Calendar" page for long-term schedule of activities as well as a history of past meetings.)
Our busiest time of year for events is from the end of March through mid-May. We have a wealth of activities to participate! Volunteers are needed to help staff our booths! No experience necessary! It's an incredible opportunity to learn about solar energy just by listening to the many and varied questions and answers! Contact our Volunteer Coordinator to participate!
City of Cedar Hill Earth Day
Date: April 20
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Cedar Hill Government Center, 285 Uptown Boulevard, Cedar Hill, Texas
Learn tips on how to live a "Green Life", attend conservation workshops, visit with environmentally-conscious vendors, enjoy a performance by "Vocal Trash" and much more. A special Earth Day Farmers Market will have goods for sale from local farmers and businesses.
University of North Texas Earth Day
Date: April 22
Location: University of North Texas "Library Mall", Denton, Texas
Though this event is on the University campus, it's free, very family-friendly, and open to the public.
Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will provide 100% of the power used by the UNT Earth Day sound stage!
Mountain View College Earth Day
Date: April 24, 2015
Location: Mountain View College Student Courtyard
4849 West Illinois Avenue, Dallas, Texas
Tarrant Community College - Southeast Campus - Arlington, Texas
Date: April 24, 2015
Location: Tarrant Community College Southeast Campus
2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington, Texas
Earth Day Texas
Date: April 24-26, 2015
Location: Fair Park, Dallas, Texas
The Texas Solar Energy Society and the North Texas Renewable Energy Group (North Texas Chapter of the Texas Solar Energy Society) will have booths at Earth Day Texas. In addition, Mike Renner (NTREG Treasurer) will use his solar trailer to provide 100% solar electricity for the Pepsi Cola exhibit for the entire three-day event! Pepsi will be totally "off-grid"! Visit the Pepsi booth and tell them you appreciate their environmental awareness!
Fort Worth Prairie Fest
Date: April 25, 2015
Location: Tandy Natural Area, 3400 View Street, Fort Worth, Texas
10th Anniversary! Expect big things at Prairie Fest this year! A free, family-friendly, solar-powered event.
Arts, entertainment, tasty local food and beverages, prairie wildflower tours, storytellers, nature-science hikes on rolling hills, Prairie Circle of artists and green exhibitors.
Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will once again provide 100% solar electricity for the Prairie Fest sound stage. There is NO utility power in the park. This is Dan's 9th year providing power for this event. Prairie Fest is believed to be the longest-running totally solar-powered event in Texas!
NTREG Monthly Meeting
Date: Saturday, May 9, 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 Evolution of the Solar Car Challenge from 1990-2015"
Presenter: Dr. Lehman Marks, Ed.D., Founder of the Solar Car Challenge
The Solar Car Challenge Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that encourages high schools and high school students to design, build, and race totally solar powered cars each year. Founded by Dr. Marks in 1993, more than 65 high schools in more than 20 states and several foreign countries now take part!
This is an impressive program with more than 20 years of history, struggles, growth, and success. Learn about this program, the people, and the remarkable students involved.
City of Irving "Bike Fest"
Date: May 9, 2015
Location: 221 East Irving Boulevard, Irving, Texas
Join in the activities with a group ride, Kid's Bicycle Safety Rodeo, visit with vendors that specialize in bicycling information and equipment, receive an "on-the-spot" bike check, see unique cycling groups and more! Free and open to families of all cities!
Performing at the 2015 Bike Fest: "Boxcar Bandits", a musical group that melds bluegrass, old-time, western swing and country with the sounds of string band instruments to create their signature Skunkgrass sound.
Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will provide all the power used by the sound stage PLUS all of the power used by the food trucks .. making this event 100% solar-powered!
Fort Worth Nature Center "Buffalo Boogie"
Date: May 9, 2015
Location: Fort Worth Nature Center,
Arts and crafts, non-profit organizations, wildlife conservation / preservation organizations, educational exhibits, specialty drinks and food!
5K chip-timed run on a USATF certified course. Starting gun: 8:30 am. On-site registration and sign-in 7 am.
Mike Renner's solar trailer will provide all of the sound stage power, as well as power for various vendors.
Greenville, Texas Sustainability Class
Hands-on Instruction in "Off-Grid Solar Water Pumping". A functioning solar water-pumping system will be constructed on site with the assistance of class participants, who will learn aspects of "how-to" at the same time. Registration and fee required. Registration information will be posted here soon.
Date: May 16, 2015
Location: Greenville, Texas
Instructor: Dan Lepinski, North Texas Renewable Energy Group Advisor
City of Denton, Texas "National Trails Day"
Date: June 6, 2015
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, Hartlee Field Access, 5800 Hartlee Field Road, Denton, Texas.
Reptile and amphibian display from Turtle Discovery. 9:00 am wildflower hike with staff from Denton Parks and Recreation. Geocaching classes from 9:00 - 10:30 am and 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Live raptor show presented by Blackland Prairie Raptor Center at 10:30 am. 1:00 pm nature hike with a Texas Master Naturalist. Archery workshops. Kid's craft station for making seed balls.
Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will provide ALL of the electricity used by the food trucks and vendors! This event will be 100% solar powered!
Renewable Energy Events from Around Texas, the USA, and the World.
Events Courtesy of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association
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