March Happy Hour: Educating for the Anthropocene [CANCELLED]

Due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and health guidelines recommended by the CDC and WHO, Solar Austin will be cancelling our March happy hour at Scholz. We hope to continue our gatherings in the coming months, but at the moment, the safety and health of our community remains our top priority. Remember to please stay […]

February Happy Hour: The 10th Birthday of Perovskite Solar Cells

This February, join us as Solar Austin takes a deep dive into a fascinating, cutting-edge technology— the perovskite solar cell. Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites have recently emerged as an extremely promising class of next-generation semiconductors for a wide range of optoelectronic applications — from photovoltaics and light-emitting diodes to radiation scintillators and photocatalytic absorbers. In particular, perovskites […]

January Happy Hour: Climate Activist Panel

To kick off 2020, Solar Austin has gathered a panel of passionate activists and advocates who are working locally to lead the fight for climate action. From student protesters to grassroots organizers, this month’s speakers have made it their mission to speak out about renewable energy and environmental justice issues in Texas. Come and join […]

October Happy Hour: Electrified Mass Transit with Capital Metro

Sustainability and climate action require much more than just solar, so we’re branching out to spend time on another very important topic this month – public transportation. Transportation accounts for about a third of local greenhouse gas emissions and will be the largest source once Austin Energy is able to retire its portion of the […]

September Happy Hour! Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform American Energy

For our September happy hour, acclaimed author and journalist Russell Gold will share the story of an audacious attempt to build the largest renewable energy project in the United States right here in Texas. Any transition from a North American power grid that uses mostly fossil fuels to one that is predominantly clean requires a […]

July Happy Hour: ERCOT Electric Grid System Planning

For our July happy hour, Warren Lasher will explore emerging grid challenges and opportunities associated with balancing power generation and consumption within the Texas Interconnection, one of four frequency-independent power grids in North America. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is unique among these interconnections in so far as the balancing authority, the interconnection and […]