Near-term Meetings, Plus Local and Regional Events
Updated: March 06, 2014.
(See our "Calendar" page for long-term schedule of activities as well as a history of past meetings.)
NTREG Monthly Meeting
Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Location: REI, 4515 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway, Farmers Branch, Texas
Note: There's considerable highway construction in this area. Access to REI is from the west-bound I-635 frontage road. Previously posted driving directions may not be accurate due to the construction work.
Topic: "Living Off-the-Grid - The 'How' & 'Why' We Disconnected."
Presenter: Mike Renner
Mike Renner and his family live in a grid-connected home, yet they use NO power from the utility company! 16 months ago, they made the decision to turn off their main circuit breaker and live exclusively with solar energy. Why did they make this choice? What steps did they take to go "off-grid"? How do they feel about living in an exclusively "solar" home .. especially when they know they've got utility power right there at the meter, available at the flip of a switch?
In this update presentation, Mike will discuss the rewards and challenges of total off-the-grid living. Are you thinking of living an off-grid lifestyle? Come learn from someone who's doing it!
About Our Presenter
Mike isn't a solar energy engineer - at least not by formal training. He's learned it through experience - by doing it. He and his family live in an owner-built home near Weatherford, Texas. They went to considerable effort to build energy efficiency into their home and minimize their energy consumption .. all while being very comfortable. Mike is the past Chair of the North Texas Renewable Energy Group, and has been living with solar energy for more than 10 years, using solar equipment he installed.
Saturday, March 22, 2014, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
City of Fort Worth Earth Party
Held this year in the new and improved Sundance Square! Featuring entertainment by the musical group "Vocal Trash". Dan Lepinski, NTREG Advisor, will provide 100% solar electricity for the Earth Party sound stage with the the "Solar Shuttle", his solar trailer. Win prizes, visit educational booths and exhibits, and discover city and regional sustainability initiatives. Learn about water conservation, air and water quality, waste reduction and recycling, nature, environmental issues, alternative transportation, healthy living initiatives, and much more. Activities and games for all ages. Admission is free, and open to the public. Residents of all cities are welcome!
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
City of Grapevine "EPIC" Earth Day Experience.
Downtown Grapevine. Held in conjunction with "Don't Mess with Texas Trash-Off", Texas' signature event for the "Great American clean-up" (8:00 am - 10:00 am), the nation's largest community improvement program. Dan Lepinski's solar trailer, the Solar Shuttle" will provide solar electricity for Grapevine's Earth Day exhibitors.
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
City of Coppell Earth Day
Held at Coppell Town Center Plaza, 255 Parkway Boulevard, Coppell, Texas. This year, featuring entertainment by the musical group Definitely Maybe. Dan Lepinski's Solar Shuttle" (solar trailer) will provide 100% solar electricity for the Coppell Earth Day sound stage and other needs. Very family-friendly, free, and open to the public. Residents of all cities are welcome!
Renewable Energy Events from Around Texas, the USA, and the World.
Events Courtesy of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association
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