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The Annual Renewable Energy Roundup

If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend look no further! The Annual Renewable Energy Roundup and Green Living Fair is this Saturday and Sunday, September 29th and 30th in Fredericksburg. The festival highlights the latest eco-friendly technologies, green energy sources, and environmentally conscious products for our daily lives. It’s two full days of great speakers, demonstrations, and exhibits.

The event is completely family friendly. There is even a build-your-own RC solar car race for all ages, so bring the whole family for a weekend of fun!

The Roundup is being held at The Market Square, 101 West Main Street in Fredericksburg. Gates open at 9 AM and stay open until 6 PM on Saturday and 5 PM on Sunday. Please visit the Renewable Roundup Ticket Page for advanced tickets. For your convenience, you can also get them at the gate day-of.

For more information visit The Roundup Website. We hope to see you there!

Map of The Event Location- 101 W. Main Street

Solar on the Rise in Central Texas!

Saturday, I spoke with Angelos Angelou.  Angelos provides economic consulting for two solar development companies in Central Texas.

  • RRE Austin Solar is currently building in Pflugerville the largest solar power array in the nation.  The company has a goal of building 500 megawatts (MW) in the United States in the next 12 months.
  • Fotowatio a Spanish company with one-third ownership by GE has a goal of 1,000 MW in 2011.

Angelos gave me a snapshot of the 300 MW solar power planned and under construction in Central Texas and San Antonio right now.  We’re a growing hot spot!

  • 100 MW in San Antonio
  • 60 MW by RRE Austin Solar in Plugerville
  • 30 MW by Fotowatio in Webberville
  • 30 MW by International Power in San Marcos
  • 10 MW by Toshiba in Bastrop

Large solar array on top of Pearl Brewery in downtown San Antonio

These numbers don’t include the growing star of solar arrays already soaking in the sun on Texas rooftops across the state!

Harvey Hayek, one of the farmers who founded the Texas Pecan Alliance pointed me to Pflugerville’s new solar power array.  Harvey wants cleaner air for his family and neighbors.  He can see a solar farm rising in place of LCRA and Austin’s coal plant near his farm in Fayette County.

This is our future.  And it is now!

Governor Perry and the leaders of this state can move forward with the future and stop fighting greenhouse gas regulation.

Donna Hoffman, Communications Coordinator, Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club

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Sierra Celebration! New Moon and a Starry Sky

Thanks, John!

About 30 members of the Sierra Club from all over the State met at Canyon of the Eagles, the LCRA campground at Lake Buchanan in Central Texas last weekend.  The annual Chapter camp out, organized this year by John Rath, included families, singles and couples from the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, San Antonio, Houston, Wimberly,  Austin, Plano as well as other cities.  The event included hikes, fishing, star gazing, kayaking and swimming. The participants camped on the shores of the lake in spectacularly beautiful weather. 

Children were a large part of this camping experience.  The eight young participants put aside their electronics to particpate actively in all aspects of the camp out. The youngsters climbed trees and roasted marshmellows to make Somores, cooked and ate cactus (nopalitos) while engaging in all of the activities with the other campers. Most of the children, and many of the adults, had never seen the Milky Way lighting up the moonless night sky stretching the entire arc of the sky from one horizon to another.

Russell Seal and I kayaked the six hour round trip to the waterfalls on the Colorado River.  Along the way, we saw many migratory waterfowl.  It was nice to see the lake back up after the 18 month drought.  However, there were still remains of the growth created by the drought in the lake contributing to the large number of wildlife.

Barbara Fowler (74) and Rachel Shao (9) were novice kayakers who improved and developed their paddling skills on the lake this weekend.  Jerry Morrisey drove up from San Antonio to lead a hike on Sunday through some of the LCRA’s maze of well-marked nature trails. While one group hiked, another group took a short kayak trip across the cove.  Carrie Emerson-Price and I watched the sunset on the far side of the lake watching birds fly in to nest for the night.

The weekend was slow-paced and rewarding.  Everyone seemed to have a fun  outdoor experience.

Here’s the slideshow Jerome Collins and I made!

Karen Dalglish Seal,
San Antonio, Texas

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