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Near-term Meetings, Plus Local and Regional Events
Updated: May 30, 2016.
(See our "Calendar" page for long-term schedule of activities as well as a history of past meetings.)

SECO / NCTCOG Solar Energy Workshops (statewide)
Dates: June 7 through July 2 (dates vary by region).
Regions: DFW Metroplex (June 7 & 8), Houston (June 20 & 21), Austin (June 23 & 24), San Antonio (June 27 & 28); and Midland/Odessa (June 30 & July 1).
Sessions will be presented by Dan Lepinski, Texas Licensed Professional Engineer, and a pioneer in the Solar Energy Industry with more than 44 years experience as a Solar Energy Design Engineer, instructor, code compliance specialist, and a member of numerous solar energy boards and committees.
Dan has a unique talent for translating even the most complex aspects of solar energy into plain English, understandable by all.
Continuing Education Credits are available for eligible attendees from the International Code Council and are pending from the Texas Real Estate Commission, as applicable.
Pre-registration is required. Sessions are free, but due to limited seating, early registration is strongly encouraged.
Printable PDF flier: PDF"NCTCOG Solar Workshops
For additional details about any session, or to register to attend, visit:

North Central Texas Council of Governments Solar Workshop Registration.


Workshop Descriptions:
•  Solar for Local Governments (Policy-makers and others)
Learning Objectives: Participants will acquire a fundamental understanding of residential and commercial photovoltaic systems, components that comprise a system and their functional role, basic mechanical and physical characteristics of solar panels, and be provided answers to many common questions - including many you may not know what to ask.
Anticipated attendees: State legislators, County Commissioners and Judges, Mayors and Council Members, Chief Building Officials, Planning and Zoning Commissioners, Directors of Planning, Senior Planners, other high-level city, county, and state officials.
Special Note: This Workshop is only three hours long. The first 90 minutes are devoted more toward elected officials, but the information is applicable to all attendees. It will be informative for elected officials .. while laying a foundation for more detailed discussion to follow. Elected officials may leave at the mid-point session break, but are encouraged to stay for the remaining 90 minutes if schedules permit.
•  Solar PV for Real Estate Professionals
Learning Objectives: Brokers, agents, and appraisers will learn how a solar-equipped property is assessed for valuation purposes, particularly when no comparable properties exist within a typical distance. Analytics for valuation will also be presented.
Anticipated attendees: Real Estate Brokers, Real Estate Agents, Real Estate Appraisers, Real Estate Inspectors, and others.
•  Financing Solar Energy Systems
Learning Objectives: This workshop will bring together commercial and multi-family property owners and lenders to discuss available rebates and tax credits for purchasing solar energy systems.
Anticipated attendees: Mortgage companies, bankers, third-party lenders, owners of commercial buildings and properties, finance agencies, contractors, and others.
•  Solar PV Fire Inspector Training & Fire Code Compliance Training
Learning Objectives: Fire Inspectors and Code Compliance Inspectors will learn about applicable fire codes and methods for implementing code requirements in residential and commercial photovoltaic ("PV") systems.
Anticipated attendees: Fire Department Training Officers, Fire Captains, Fire Inspectors, Plans Inspectors, Chief Building Officials, Code Compliance Inspectors (AHJs), and others.
Complete details are available on the North Central Texas Council of Governments registration website.



The "Solar Car Challenge" is a program for high school students, where students themselves design, build, and race totally solar powered cars. In 2016, the Race will be run from Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, to Minneapolis, Minnesota, beginning July 17.
Each year, North Texas Renewable Energy Group members and friends donate their time and as many "sports drinks" as we can gather, and provide them to the students and others during the pre-race days at Texas Motor Speedway. It's July .. and everyone gets thirsty! Help us help the teams!
NTREG needs donations of sports drinks! Please bring them to our July 9 meeting! Thanks!
NTREG Monthly Meeting
Date: Saturday, July 9, 2016.
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: "Batteries & Energy Storage - A New Dimension in Renewable Energy Systems".
Just as the cost of photovoltaic modules has decreased dramatically in recent years, battery technology too is experiencing substantial advancement and reduction in price. Having a solar energy system on our home and business helps reduce the energy we consume from the utility company, but is designed to turn off in the event of a utility power failure. Rather than cease to generate power .. what if your solar equipment could continue to power critical loads? We also may be faced with the prospect of energy cost that varies with time of day .. or the amount we use. What if we could store solar energy and use it during the more "expensive" times of day? Batteries may provide alternatives!
Presenters: Jay Squyres, Graeme Waitzkins, and Andrew Whitehead.
About Our Presenters:
  • Jay Squyres - Will discuss an Upgrade of Existing Systems
    Jay - a long-time NTREG member - has been on the forefront of grid-tied systems from the onset. His home has one of the largest residential grid-tied photovoltaic systems in the Metroplex. His business is also equipped with a with a substantial grid-tied solar system. Jay added batteries as an energy reserve and backup at both locations, and will share his experiences in making that upgrade.
  • Graeme Waitzkins - Will discuss the Tesla Powerwall
    Grame is Vice-President of the Treehouse - an eco-friendly, sustainable home improvement store in Austin. Graeme has a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University, and a Masters of Science in MS in Energy and Environment from Stanford.
  • Andrew Whitehead - Will discuss Sonnen Batteries
    Andrew is a LEED Accredited Professional. He has an AA degree in Environmental Technology from Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico, with a focus on solar photovoltaics. He also worked as a field solar technician for 2 years and earned his NABCEP certification during that period. He now works as Residential Sales Manager for Axium Solar.

    The 2016 Solar Home Tour Committee needs volunteers who would like to help with the 2016 Solar Home Tour in any capacity. Our local Tour has become a remarkably successful event! In 2015, NTREG sponsored the largest "Solar Home Tour" in Texas, and the SECOND LARGEST tour in America! Be part of a winning team! No experience necessary! (It's fun, educational .. and very rewarding!)
    To volunteer, or for more information about the 2016 Solar Home Tour, please contact us at the link below:


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