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Happy Hour: Austin’s Solar Future, Wednesday, October 17th

Please join Solar Austin at the 29th Street Ballroom (Spiderhouse) on Wednesday, October 17th to hear members of the Local Solar Advisory Committee provide a preview of their forthcoming plan and recommendations for Austin’s solar future.

In April, the Austin City Council chartered the Local Solar Advisory Committee (LSAC) to examine and provide recommendations for Austin’s long-term goal for solar energy.  After six months of work, the LSAC will be releasing their report this month and we want to make sure you stay informed at this critical point in the process.

The City Council recently took positive steps to accelerate solar energy growth in Austin by approving a $7.5 million budget for solar in fiscal year 2013.  Now is the time to build on that momentum by ensuring this good step is a part of a bold long-term commitment that realizes solar’s tremendous energy, economic, and environmental potential for the benefit of all Austinites.

LSAC Committee Chair, Steve Wiese, Founder and Principal of Clean Energy Associates and Committee Member, Mark Begert, Executive VP and Director of Meridian Solar, will join us for the discussion.

mark_begert_sm AECSteveWieseWe hope to see you there!  Happy hour starts at 6pm and the program will start at 7pm.

Serious Solar in San Antonio

Wednesday, May 9, 2012  – SOLAR AUSTIN HAPPY HOUR

SPIDERHOUSE (29th & Guadalupe, in the “chapel” on the back patio)

Happy Hour @ 5:30 PM, Panel Discussion @ 6:30  PM


Cris EugsterCPS Energy, Exec VP & Chief Sustainability Officer
Laurence DoxseyCity of San Antonio, Director of Environmental Policy (former Sustainability Officer for City of Austin)
Lanny SinkinSolar San Antonio, Executive Director

MODERATOR:  Mike Sloan, Virtus Energy

San Antonio has been on quite a roll: CPS Energy rated #1 municipal utility in U.S. for solar installations 2010; 500% growth in rooftop solar 2011; 400 MW solar purchase creating at least 800 local manufacturing jobs announced 2012.  Come hear from top experts the What, Why & How of San Antonio’s surging solar success.

For further information on our speakers:  link                        And we ask you the favor of an RSVP (Eventbrite).

Brought to you by:   The Butler Firm and Spider House


A Sunny Future for Austin? Mayoral and Council Candidates Forum on Solar Energy

The Solar Industry Hosts Mayoral and City Council Candidate Forum

Defining candidate expectations of Austin’s energy future, of industrial and job development, and other issues of importance!

 Why:  The solar industry is close to an inflection point where businesses and outside investors are choosing where to invest and create jobs.  The candidate forum will give Austin voters and local businesses an opportunity to hear directly from mayoral and city council candidates on their views and plans for the solar industry; providing low-cost clean energy, jobs and economic development to our community.

What:  Austin Mayor Lee LeffingwellMayoral Candidate Brigid Shea and City Council candidates for Place 2, Place 5 and Place 6 will participate.  Candidates will be given equal opportunity to respond to questions on economic development, energy and jobs issues related to solar.  The vision of these candidates will greatly impact the future design of Austin Energy and Austin’s economic growth, industrial development and the preservation of the city’s environment, all key factors in a thriving green city.

When:  Tuesday, April 17th 2012

  • Doors open at 5:30 p.m. while the event begins at 6 p.m. prompt.
  • The mayoral candidate panel will be from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.
  • The city council panels will begin at 7 p.m. and continue through 8:30 p.m.

Where:   Ventana Del Soul at 1834 E. Oltorf Street, Austin, TX 78741 (2nd Floor)   (map)

Overflow parking is available at the church on Parker Lane located behind the event center. Ventana Del Soul is a training and event center with coffee shop and café that provides training and vocational mentoring to disadvantaged, disabled or underemployed persons and other members of the Austin community helping them in their quest for a higher quality of life.

Who:   Solar Austin, Solar Austin Foundation and local solar businesses sponsor this event. This consortium of solar advocates are collaborating with Austin Energy, the Chamber of Commerce and City Council to increase clean, affordable, waterproof electricity and grow a vibrant solar industry that generates income and jobs for the Austin community.

For more information on the candidates:


300 MW of Local Solar: Do It.

Please Join Us on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A discussion on how Austin can accelerate utilization of local solar power to achieve 300 MW by 2020, what will be needed to do it, and why it will be cheaper, cleaner and better for the local economy than Austin owning power plants that burn imported fossil fuel.

Join us for a conversation with:

  • Karl Rabago, Austin Energy, VP Distributed Energy Services
  • Tuan Q. Pham, PowerFin Partners, President
  • Mark Begert, Meridian Energy, Exec. VP
  • Stan Pipkin, Lighthouse Solar, Managing Director

Where:  29th Street Ballroom @ SpiderHouse  (2906 Fruth Street, Austin, TX 78705)

When:    Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 | Happy Hour – 5:30 pm, Panel Discussion – 6:30 pm

Please RSVP with Eventbrite

The Future of Solar Power in Austin

Solar Austin Happy Hour – Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Speaking at this event:

  • Larry Weis, Austin Energy, GM
  • Brewster McCracken, Pecan Street Inc., Exec. Dir.
  • Mike Sloan, Virtus Energy, President

        Clay Butler, The Butler Firm (moderator)

A discussion featuring Austin Energy’s newest efforts to stimulate solar power, aided by the advanced knowledge gained from the Pecan Street Project, in partnership with the local solar industry.


Happy Hour @ 5:30 PM
Panel Discussion @ 6:30 PM



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