Solar 1st Saturday

Solar 1st Saturday

Advocacy, Policy, and Opportunity in Solar

Join us March 1st | 4pm-5pm

As part of Treehouse’s Solar 101 for homeowners,

ImagineSolar CEO/Founder Michael Kuhn will present,

Why Solar? Why Now?
For Your Home, for your career, for your financial future…

The last several years have been boom time for the solar industry, and this year is forecast to be the best year ever.  Join ImagineSolar and Treehouse on March 1st at 4pm.  Our special presentation (derived from our PV250e: PV Economics and Technical Sales course) brings solar into the areas that affect our lives the most: our home, our job, and our financial future.  The explosive growth of the solar industry offers promising opportunities in all three areas.

Come hear ImagineSolar’s CEO & Founder Michael Kuhn as he traces the growth of solar in recent years and shows you some ways that going solar means benefits for you now and in the future. Michael served both on the Resource Management Commission and the Solar Austin board that together with Austin Energy launched the first solar PV incentive program in Texas back in 2004. Most recently he serves on the Local Solar Advisory Board (LSAC) for the Austin City Council.


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Can’t attend?  Watch it livestream on Youtube,

or see the video recap on our Youtube Channel  or Google+ page.

RSVP by 5pm on Tuesday Feb 25th

to enter a drawing for a $100 certificate

good for ImagineSolar online or onsite

Smart Grid and Solar training.

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Click here to view a video from Jason Bullard, a founder of Treehouse, giving an overview of their store.

Treehouse’s Roots:

People Matter.

We care about people — our team members, customers, suppliers, investors and partners. We demonstrate this by treating everyone with honesty, integrity, decency and respect. Our goal at TreeHouse® is that everyone associated with us is able to live a more authentic and sustainable life.

Communities Matter.

In one way or another, each of us is a member of a community. This means our decisions affect everyone around us. At TreeHouse®, we want to help people make decisions that enable their communities to become healthier, more sustainable and more beautiful places to live — one project, one house, one neighborhood at a time.

Nature Matters.

Houses come in all shapes and sizes, but nature is the home we all share. We believe nature is a gift entrusted to us and we have the responsibility to cultivate, protect and care for it. At TreeHouse®, we want to provide everyone with the opportunity to live out that responsibility in their own homes.

Excellence Matters.

True life and vibrancy are found in more than just “getting by.” Excellence is not static; it constantly calls us to become better, more mature, more adaptable and more alive. We want to inspire the best in others by being excellent ourselves. We believe that if we excel at what we do, everyone associated with TreeHouse® will profit.

Dreams Matter.

We believe we all have a say in what tomorrow looks like, so let’s make it even better. We support and encourage the creativity, optimism and imagination necessary to make that happen.

These aren’t just beliefs. These are the standards to which we hold ourselves each and every day. Which is why we also hold our products to higher standards with our TreeHouse Product Filter.


Our many thanks to our February Guests:

Clean Energy

Cluster Development Organization

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CleanTX Board Member &

President of Concurrent Design,

Tom Ortman treated us to a special presentation:

Taking a Tour through the Solar Universe.

February also featured:

 “Network Building and Cluster Theory”

 A report from CleanTX Executive Director,

Andrea Ricaurte


Powering the Clean Energy Economy of Texas:

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About CleanTX:     

CleanTX is the cluster development organization for clean technology in Central Texas. Spun out of ATI’s Clean Energy Incubator in 2006, CleanTX was originally created as an educational and networking platform for cleantech professionals. Founded in partnership with Austin Energy, The Austin Chamber of Commerce, and The Austin Technology Incubator, and headquartered in the capital city of Austin, this group is uniquely positioned at the nexus of government, industry, academia, utility and community interests. 

CleanTX supports the clean energy economy by connecting various facets of the clean energy ecosystem through information exchange, economic development, and international trade. Through the advancement of public-private partnerships, networking platforms for key industry stakeholders, and leadership on community education, CleanTX supports the growth of cleantech industry in one of the most successful cleantech hubs  in the country. 

Find CleanTX at their website, facebook page, or twitter feed.

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Dec 7th, 2013Spotlight on Solar Success: Circular Energy
Our thanks to President J.C. Shore and President Brad Thompson for their presentation, “Company Culture as a Fuel for Growth”. 
Click here to see the video recap on YouTube.


Circular Energy was named the 3rd fastest growing company in Central Texas last month when Austin Business Journal released a top 50 list of the fastest growing companies measured by pure revenue growth during the period 2010 through 2012.  Circular Energy was the only solar company to earn a place on this list of movers and shakers.  We congratulate them on this honor and we look forward to hearing from CEO and founder JC Shore at the next Solar 1st Saturday discussion.

CEO and founder of Circular Energy, Mr. JC Shore, will join us on December 7th to give us his company’s take on oppotunities in solar.  JC Shore actively directs the company’s expansion strategy and execution of its service & financing platform across both residential and commercial markets. Prior to Circular Energy, JC served as Vice President of Sales for Amdocs, a $5B publicly-traded Enterprise Software company serving utility and communications clients, West Coast Managing Partner of BusinessEdge Solutions, a boutique technology consulting company later acquired by EMC, and management consulting roles for nearly six years at both Accenture and Ernst & Young. JC graduated from the University of Texas with a BBA in Finance.

About Circular Energy:

Circular Energy prides itself on a culture of accountability and a “client first” approach.   They combine construction, maintenance, and technical expertise with optimized designs and high-quality components. Circular Energy offers in-house financing and turnkey solutions to make it easy for clients to go solar. They also have a trademarked program- SolarReady – which provides engineering and design consultation for architects and property owners who want to integrate photovoltaics into new construction projects.  Join us on December 7th to learn more about their history and to find out what else is in store for this innovative and dynamic solar company.

To learn more about Circular Energy’s view on energy policy in Texas, check out the new blog entry on the company’s website by Brad Thompson, President and General Counsel of Circular Energy:

The Pressure is on: What’s Next for the Texas Energy Market


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Recap: November Solar 1st Saturday


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Our historic first-ever public livestream, broadcast and archived on

Youtube and Google+.

November 2nd, 2013:

Tim Bugh, Energy Analyst joining us from Washington DC to talk about solar projects at the federal level. (pictured above)

Michael Kuhn, presenting Austin’s 2013 Solar Year in Review based on Austin Energy’s brand-new 2013 fiscal year-end reports. (pictured below)

Here are the links to some recommended resources about federal solar project opportunities: 

Defense Energy Summit this week in Austin:

- Defense Energy Summit

Austin TX | Nov 11th-13th

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Our many thanks to Tim Bugh, ImagineSolar Alumni for joining us via webcam at our last Solar 1st Saturday.  His in-depth overview of his job as a Energy Analyst in Washington DC gave us a great perspective on the solar opportunities available at the federal level.  See the links to the left to explore some of the resources that he shared.

Our thanks also to Tim for being Solar 1st Saturday’s first ever remote correspondent!  He joined us using Google+’s Hangouts on Air.  Solar 1st Saturday attendees were able to interact directly with Tim on the bigscreen while watching a multimedia presentation.  All of this was livestreaming to Youtube as well as our Google+ page.  The final version of this presentation is now available on our Youtube channel. We are excited to explore the many options available using these technologies, and you can expect to see many more of these kinds of broadcasts in the future.   

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Click the image above to stream the video recap of the November Solar 1st Saturday event.

November’s Solar 1st Saturday discussion also included an update on Austin’s solar market, based on the city utility’s recently released 2013 fiscal year-end reports.  During this presentation, ImagineSolar CEO and founder Michael Kuhn traces the growth of customer-owned residential installations through Austin Energy’s rebate program.  Also featured in this presentation is the recent resolution passed by Austin City Council establishing solar goals for the city manager.  Michael details the historical background of the items in this resolution and points out their significance for the future Austin solar scene.  The documents that he refers in his presentation can be downloaded or viewed in from this public dropbox folder.

In his discussion, Michael refers to a Greentech Media article.  You can find it here: Germany Hits 59% Renewable Peak, Grid Does Not Explode.

You can also view the video recap of this November Solar 1st Saturday discussion on our Youtube Channel.


Thanks to the participants of the October Solar 1st Saturday discussion!

Rachel Stone:  Clean Energy Attorney for Environment Texas.

Rachel shared with us about Environment Texas’s goal: “One Million Texas Roofs with Solar by 2030.”  She will also briefed us on her groups new report, “Texas Torchbearers; Cities Leading the Way to a Clean Energy Future.”   Hear Rachel talk about San Antonio’s efforts to clear the way to a clean energy future through efficiency programs and investments in green energy in her recent interview on Texas Public Radio.


Charlie Hemmeline, President of Solar Austin.

Charlie gave us an update on the efforts of Austin solar advocates to keep the City of Austin’s a national leader in the adoption of solar as an energy alternative.  Participants were given information on how they can be more active in calling for support for solar from our Austin public officials.

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About Environment Texas:
Environment Texas is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy group built on the belief that there’s something special about Texas — something worth protecting and preserving for future generations. Their campaign to repower Texas with clean energy calls for setting solar energy goals, and ensuring that financing is available to encourage solar development at the residential, commercial and municipal levels. Through Environment Texas, thousands of citizen members are teaming up with a professional staff to stand up for the places Texans love and the environmental values Texans share. To learn more visit
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About Solar Austin:
Since 2002, Solar Austin has worked to accelerate the transition to clean renewable energy in Central Texas by fostering connection within the solar community and galvanizing collective action around a wide range of solar issues. The City of Austin’s innovative programs and strong push to support clean energy has earned it a national reputation for solar leadership; Solar Austin seeks tokeep that momentum moving forward by encouraging policies and programs that advance clean energy options available to people at all income levels. To learn more visit 300x102 <b>Solar 1st Saturday</b>

Thank you to everyone who helped make our
September Solar 1st Saturday a success!

Our many thanks to Charlie Hemmeline from Solar Austin for speaking last Saturday.
Please see the images below to view the handouts that Solar Austin provided as a part of their presentation.

Solar Austin will be hosting a happy hour on Sept. 17th at Scholtz Garden.
Click here for more info, or here to RSVP for Solar Austin Happy Hour.

  Solar Austin 2013 Plan and Priorities

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