North Texas Renewable Energy Group - Event Photo Journal
March 20, 2010 Fort Worth Museum of Science & History Grand Re-Opening.
The Fort Worth Museum of Science & History had been closed for nearly two years for extensive renovation. It re-opened on Saturday, March 20, 2010. Educational organizations were invited to participate. The North Texas Renewable Energy Group was privileged to be among those selected. Dubbed "Sun-Earth Day" by the Museum, the event wasn't sunny. It was cloudy, cold, and very windy. (In fact it snowed the next day!). In spite of the weather, more than 6,500 people came out to enjoy the re-opening of the museum. Many people were surprised to learn a 10,200 watt array of solar panels had been installed on top of the museum through a grant from Green Mountain Energy.

An unidentified youngster turns on "the switch" symbolically activiating the solar electric system on the Museum roof and opening the day's event.
The NTREG booth. This was one day we were glad to be indoors! L-R: Mike (NTREG Chair), Lissa (NTREG Program Co-coordinator), Jim (NTREG Secretary) and Dy (NTREG Membership Coordinator).
Jimmy Banks (NTREG member) provided an all-in-one power cart with a PV module, battery, and inverter. (See our Glossary page to learn about inverters.)
Side-view of Jim Banks' power cart. An LED lamp illuminating areas beneath the PV gave the equipment an interesting blue glow.
The calm before the storm. Lissa and Mike check everything one more time before the public arrived.
Green Mountain Energy was our neighboring booth. This too was minutes before the doors were opened.
People of all ages stopped at our booth. Here, Jim Banks answers questions for a school-age visitor.
Mike Renner's LED lamp display attracted a LOT of attention from youngsters and adults alike.
Linda Krouse, Museum Planetarium Director, was fascinated by the various solar cookers.
The "Sport". A small, lightweight cooker that can heat to 250 degrees!
Linda Krouse talks with museum visitors. Can YOU tell what this is on the table?
It's an incredibly simple solar cooker idea from India! An innner tube and sheet of plastic. This inexpensive "solar oven" can actually cook a meal!
Dy listens intently ... "What wire did you say connects to which box again??"
A visitor fills out an NTREG membership with help from her husband acting as a "table", while Jim Duncan (NTREG Secretary) assists another new member.
Mike Renner demonstrates the heat from an incandescent lamp compared to an LED lamp.
This young lady was so curious about solar energy she came back later in the day to ask more questions. A solar engineer in the making perhaps?
Jim Banks spent much of his day working with younger students. Here he demonstrates the LED and compact fluorescent lamp display to a young man.




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