Solar Austin’s Mission

Solar Austin works to accelerate the transition to clean, renewable energy in Central Texas and expand access to the benefits of solar to everyone to build a healthy community and strong local economy.

 

Solar Austin’s Local Policy Goals

Solar energy is carbon-free, requires little or no water, and is creating good-paying local jobs. Solar prices have declined dramatically in the past several years, making the technology accessible to middle-income households and many businesses. We support the following policies to keep the use of solar energy expanding in Austin and hope you will too:

 

The Creation of Solar Austin

Solar Austin began in December 2002 as a small coalition of non-profit groups and businesses who came together to: promote renewable energy as a solution to the harmful effects of power plant pollution on our communities and our environment; and educate the public and policymakers on the benefits of developing the clean energy industry in Austin. Solar Austin later formalized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and now also includes a 501(c)(4) arm as well.

 

Innovative Policy Development

Solar Austin promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency, and smart energy technologies as well as transportation solutions that create healthy communities. We encourage policies and programs that advance the use of renewable energy and assure that clean energy options are available to people at all income levels.

 

Public Education and Outreach

Solar Austin holds regular public meetings and events designed to educate and engage the public in support of clean energy policies.  Monthly Solar Austin Happy Hours bring together solar customers, those working in the solar industry, advocates and anyone interested in learning about solar.

 

Successful Advocacy

Solar Austin advocates for strong and sensible clean energy polices that will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and the public health, environmental and economic problems this dependency creates.  Our work to educate the Austin City Council members and their staffs about solar energy and the benefits it offers have made a measurable impact on solar policies in Austin.

 

A Record of Success

Since 2002, Solar Austin has been an effective forum for fostering solar community networking and galvanizing collective action across a wide range of high-profile issues affecting the success of solar energy in Austin.

Solar Austin’s successes include:

Solar Austin has been recognized with four local, state and national awards for its successful advocacy.

 

Current Solar Austin Goals