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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



Please RSVP here:  http://valueofsolarinaustin.eventbrite.com/

Brought to you by:


Electric Cooperatives: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programs


(In some cases having fled the summer sun…too much of a good thing!  Let’s put that resource to work.)

Come join Solar Austin for an engaging event with RB Sloan, Pedernales Electric Coop CEO and Mark Rose, Bluebonnet Electric Coop CEO.  We are very fortunate & honored that these two community leaders are willing to speak to us and answer questions about their respective utilities’ plans for the future.

The discussion will focus on the directions for Distributed Generation and Energy Efficiency programs, but all topics are open for questions and as with past events we foresee a diverse & vibrant audience!

Our Speakers:

RB Sloan, CEO of Pedernales Electric Coop

Mark Rose, CEO of Bluebonnet Electric Coop



When:  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011

              5:30-6:30pm Mixer, 6:30-7:30pm Speakers

Where:  29th Street Ballroom  – Near the Spider House Café (2908 Fruth Street,  Austin, TX)         map link 

This event is free and open to the public. 



RB Sloan Bio at Pedernales Electric Coop Website              Mark Rose Bio at Bluebonnet Electric Coop Website


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
RSVP at http://shadetovo.eventbrite.com/

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

Green Options for Greater Austin

If you live in or around Austin and want to buy green power, become more energy efficient, do rooftop solar, or charge your EV pollution free….

You need to attend our next Solar Happy Hour.

Solar Austin is pleased to welcome leaders from Austin Energy (which serves most of Austin) & Green Mountain Energy (which serves many “competitive market” areas surrounding Austin, across Texas and elsewhere in the U.S) to share what programs are currently available to their respective customers.

Hope you can join us next Wednesday at Malverde.

Talk: Green Options for Greater Austin
Time: May 25, 5:00 PM Mixer, 6:30 ­ 8:00 PM Panel Discussion
Location: Malverde (400 W. 2nd, across from City Hall)


Karl Rabago and Jason Sears

Karl Rabago and Jason Sears

Karl Rabago, Austin Energy, VP Distributed Energy Services


Jason Sears, Green Mountain Energy, Senior Manager of Product Management and Strategy

Moderator:  Mike Sloan, Virtus Energy

RSVP: http://austingreenoptions.eventbrite.com/


Karl R. Rábago, Austin Energy

Karl R. Rábago leads AE’s energy efficiency, green building, market research, key accounts, and advanced transportation groups and is AE’s executive sponsor to the Pecan Street Project. Karl has had a stellar career in electric policy, clean tech & sustainability including: Texas PUC Commissioner, Deputy Asst. Secretary at U.S. DOE, Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute, & a creator and chairman for the “Green-e” certification program. Karl’s academic & military resume includes: Aggie (BBA), Longhorn (JD), post-doc degrees in environmental & military law. Univ. of Houston & West Point Law Professor. Tank commander. JAG Corps. Airborne. Ranger…. yet also known to fashion accessorize with Gecko lapel pins & quote Dr. Seuss.

Jason Sears, Green Mountain Energy Company

Jason Sears is the Senior Manager of Product Management and Strategy at Green Mountain Energy Company, the nation’s leading retail electricity provider of cleaner, renewable energy and carbon offsets. Prior to joining Green Mountain, Jason managed product marketing and management for First American Spatial Services Company, an Austin-based GIS solutions start-up that serves the energy and finance industries. Jason also sits on the Mueller Residents Council for the Pecan Street Project.