The State of Solar Shingles

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director, Environment Texas

When Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the birth of theTesla Solar Roof last year, it was greeted with enthusiasm by the entire solar market. A photovoltaic solar system in the form of roof tiles, invisible to the naked eye? The solar world marveled at the ingenuity of Tesla, once more. 

But the concept of solar shingles is not a new one. In fact, the technology to create such a product has been public knowledge since 2009 and solar shingles have been gracing the roofs of users since 2011.

Compact, connected and green

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director, Environment Texas

Sprawl is a well-known enemy of the environment. Sadly, Austin’s current Land Development Code encourages — and in many cases requires — this type of land gobbling, water and energy consuming development that generates more and longer car trips than compact urban areas and far more carbon emissions. There is no environmental case for accommodating Austin’s rapid population increase with more sprawling, car-dependent development.

Denton to go 100% renewable

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director, Environment Texas

Three years ago, Georgetown became the first city to use 100% renewable energy in Texas. On February 6, 2018, Denton, Texas has the opportunity to become the second. To Denton natives such as myself, this news should not come as a surprise.

A 21st century State of the Union should present a vision for a clean energy future

By | Ross Sherman
Clean Energy Digital Campaigner

According to the White House, President Trump’s State of the Union address will discuss the challenges of the coming year in an optimistic, forward-looking and bipartisan manner. We support that notion wholeheartedly, but we’re also mindful of his past rhetoric.

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