Austin students get tutored in solar energy

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On a recent Saturday at Austin High School, class was held on the roof.

Solar School Tour

By | Emma Pabst
Environment Texas Associate

This past weekend I stood outside of Austin High School, waiting for guests to arrive to our tour of the schools’ rooftop solar installation. I hung our “Go Solar” banner on the closest railing I could find, pulled out the small stack of nametags I’d brought, and looked out over a parking lot packed full of cars that belonged to students and parents attending athletic practices that morning.

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Report: Texas should install solar on 3.2 million new homes

AUSTIN -- If builders put solar panels on the 3.2 million new homes and apartment buildings with 280,000 units expected to be built in Texas by 2045, Texas would add a projected 24,719 megawatts (MWs) of solar PV capacity, according to a new report released today by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center.  Such an effort would lead to a ten-fold increase in solar capacity and cut carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation by 3.2% percent by 2045.

Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Solar Homes

America has a bold opportunity to speed the transition to a clean energy future by requiring solar power on new homes. Rooftop solar panels save homeowners money – even more so when they are installed during construction.1 Including this common-sense technology on all new homes would help the nation to build an electric grid that’s cleaner, more beneficial for consumers, and more resilient.

In wake of new climate report, solar schools one important step

By | Emma Pabst
Environment Texas Associate

As a US government report on climate change warned last Friday, we don’t have time to wait. For every ton of carbon pollution we release into the atmosphere, we increase the frequency and intensity of wildfires, hurricanes, and droughts. But this issue is so much more than environmental - it’s common sense finance. That’s why we’re calling on Austin ISD to install solar on every school in the district by 2025, and we’ve drafted a resolution that says exactly that.

School Board Members Call for Review of District Solar

By | Emma Pabst
Environment Texas Associate

Last night myself and two of my brilliant interns attended Austin Independent School District’s monthly board meeting, where we called for solar on every school by 2025. Several school board members requested reviews of district solar policies, including the 2013 bond money designated for solar energy and cost-savings analysis of solar installations.

Getting Schooled on Solar

By | Emma Pabst
Environment Texas Associate

When I found out that my first campaign would be to put solar on every school I was pumped. I love schools. I went to schools. I made my best friends at schools. I learned so many things at schools. Heck, until a year ago, I thought I wanted to keep going to school forever.

Solar schools

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director

America’s schools have played an important role in the clean energy revolution and stand to reap tremendous benefits from solar energy. As large buildings, they are significant sources of electricity demand and, with tens of thousands of rooftops suitable for solar panels, they have the potential to be major sources of clean energy as well. Many schools also incorporate the solar panels in to their science and technology curricula. Solar is helping schools save money on their electric bills and ensuring a brighter future for the next generation. And as public buildings, they serve as highly visible demonstrations for our neighborhoods of the potential for solar. 

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Houston solar energy grew 19% in 2017

HOUSTON – The amount of power generated by solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in Houston continued to increase last year, according to a new report from Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. The report, Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America, found that Houston went from 8 megawatts (MW) of solar PV in 2016 to 9.5 MW in 2017, a 19% gain.

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