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June 15: Kathie Tovo and Randi Shade – Energy and the Future of Austin

At our next Solar Austin Happy Hour features City Council incumbent Randi Shade and candidate Kathie Tovo discussing Energy and the Future of Austin.

Date: Wednesday, June 15
Time: 5pm mixer, 6:30pm-8pm panel
Location: Spider House, 2906 Fruth Street, Austin, TX 78705

Kathie Tovo

Kathie Tovo

Kathie Tovo is a 19-year resident of Austin, former Planning Commissioner and Austin Neighboorhoods Council Vice President. She has earned the endorsements of respected organizations like the Austin Sierra Club and the Austin Chronicle. Kathie supports the goals of the Generation Plan and believes continuing to move toward a renewable future is one of the most important tasks before our nation and community.

Randi Shade

Randi Shade

Randi Shade was elected to our City Council in 2008, and has lived in Austin for over two decades. Prior to Council, she attended UT, served as student body president, received an MBA from Harvard University, launched and ran AmeriCorps under Governor Ann Richards, started an Internet company, and served as Executive Director of the Austin Entrepreneurs Foundation. Randi and her partner Kayla live in Clarksville with their two young children.

Sponsored by:

The Butler Firm

A Technology & Renewables Law Firm

CPS Energy: Leading San Antonio into the New Energy Economy

February 23, 2011 : Doyle Beneby

CPS Energy: Leading San Antonio into the New Energy Economy
Wednesday, February 23 · 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Malverde. 400 W. 2nd, Austin.

Doyle Beneby, President & CEO, CPS Energy

Doyle Beneby

Doyle Beneby

Solar Austin will host a special event featuring the leader of San Antonio’s municipal utility, CPS Energy CEO Doyle Beneby, offering Austinites a great opportunity to learn about CPS Energy’s plan to pursue affordable renewable energy.

This special event will take place at Malverde (400 W. 2nd, next to City Hall) with a Reception starting at 4pm and talk from 5 to 6pm. Parking is available at City Hall or metered parking on the street.

In August 2010, President and CEO Doyle Beneby joined CPS Energy. Beneby brings a wealth of experience in electricity generation operations, new generation development, electric distribution operations, customer service and labor relations.

Beneby joined CPS Energy after serving Exelon for 8 years in various roles. Most recently, as president of Exelon Power, Beneby oversaw fossil, hydro generation, and solar operations, outage and work management, business operations, engineering and technical support, Exelon New England holdings, new generation development, and operational oversight of co-owned facilities and purchased power contracts. Before joining Exelon, Beneby worked for Consumers Energy in Michigan and Florida Power & Light.

Doyle Beneby Reception Sponsors:

Community Energy

RRE Austin


Jamail & Smith Construction

Solar Austin Happy Hour, February: Austin’s Place in the Solar Universe

Three leaders in Texas’ growing solar community discuss Austin’s place in the Solar Universe — from the context of available technologies, how to develop solar today in a cost-effective way, and the benefits that solar development offers our great city.

Shoal Creek Saloon, February 9. Plenty of food, drink and parking

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Please join us if you can — and let the sun shine in!


Talk: Austin’s Place in the Solar Universe
Time: Wednesday, February 9 · 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Saloon. 909 N. Lamar, Austin.

A City that wants its electricity to be Clean
Event starts at 5:30 to eat, drink, mix.
Solar Panel talk commences at 6:30, featuring:

Tom Ortman, President, Concurrent Design – The Solar Universe
Daven Mehta, CEO, RRE Austin Solar, LLC – cost-effective solar development
Michael Kuhn, CEO, ImagineSolar – the benefits for Austin


Tom Ortman

Tom Ortman

Tom Ortman, Concurrent Design
Tom Ortman is the President of Concurrent Design, Inc., an Austin Engineering Design and Build services firm focused on Commercial and Industrial Product Development in the Clean Energy and Solar Energy Sector. Tom is also Co-Founder of the Solar Energy Entrepreneur’s Network (SEEN / CLEEN), Chairman of the Austin SEMI Steering Committee and a Board Member for the CleanTX Foundation.

Daven Mehta

Daven Mehta

Daven Mehta, RRE Austin Solar
Mr. Daven Mehta leads RRE Austin Solar and previously served as the President of RADS General Trading & Pillars Properties and President/Chief Executive Officer of Deto Safe India Ltd. from 2001 to 2006. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Mehta worked with NEPC India Ltd. Mr. Mehta graduated with a bachelors degree in chemistry from Bombay University in 1981 and a masters degree in organic chemistry from Bombay University in 1983.

Michael Kuhn

Michael Kuhn

Michael Kuhn, ImagineSolar
Michael Kuhn is CEO of ImagineSolar and founder of the first licensed career school in Texas focused on the clean/smart/renewable energy industries. He has consulted for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar America Cities program, for Austin Energy’s Value of Solar study, and for several clean energy ventures. Mr. Kuhn holds a Master of Science in Management of Technology from Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas.