Mission statement

Who we are: A grass roots volunteer group of Plano citizens
Our Mission: To increase awareness and use of Solar Energy for electricity generation in Plano
This Blog: PlanoSolar.org - for articles, useful links, resources, surveys, how-tos
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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Solar United Neighbors of Texas

Wow – It’s hard to believe that it has been over 5 years since we did our Solarize Plano Projects! And now we would like to let you know that “group” purchase programs can happen again in Plano with Solar UnitedNeighbors of Texas.

When organizing our “solarize” group purchase projects back in 2013 and 2014, our volunteers reached out to other volunteer groups across the country to get ideas and learn from their experiences. One of those groups at the time was called Community Power Network. We spoke with their founders and learned a lot about their experiences – what worked well and potential problem areas. Since that time, that volunteer group has expanded into a national non-profit called Solar United Neighbors, spreading solar ownership opportunity through hundreds of group purchase projects across many states. We called our group purchase projects “solarize” projects, they call their group purchase projects “solar co-ops”. They are the same!

We would like to encourage residents interested in participating in a group project to purchase installed solar to reach out to this organization to request a solar co-op project here in Plano. To do this, send an email with the subject “Please start a solar co-op in Plano” and include your name and contact information in the email to info@solarunitedneighbors.org 

To learn more about Solar United Neighbors, check out this recent Freeing Energy podcast titled, Episode #117 Anya Schoolman: Can wechange the future of energy one neighborhood at a time?

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Reference Material for Educational Groups

Below are links to production monitoring websites for three of four of Plano's city installed systems.

Check out the Solar Schools Campaign Toolkit for a step-by-step guide to help your school go solar!

Check out the Solar Market Insight Report 2018 Year in Review to learn about the solar industry in the US.

Also, here is link to a brief overview of Solar Energy provided by Plano Solar Advocates - 2019-03 Plano Solar Advocates

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Why solar is likely to power the Home of the Future

"Very few places had air conditioners when the technology first became available, and now it’s rare to find a builder who would create a new home without it." Solar is growing cheaper and more popular each year! Check out this recent article!


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Can Solar Panels be Recycled?

"According to a publication by International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), more than 90 percent of the materials in typical photovoltaic solar panels — silicon, aluminum and glass — can be recycled and used again in the production of new solar panels." Check out this great article on the subject!


Monday, July 16, 2018

Cost Savings for New Homes - include a Solar PV System

Here is an interesting analysis of California's new code requirement to include solar PV systems on new home builds. "Jim Lazar [of the Regulatory Assistance Project] takes a closer look and finds that Californians’ energy bills are relatively low—not in spite of such policies, but because of them." Maybe its time for Texas to do the same. What do you think?




Tuesday, June 5, 2018

How and when older Americans should go solar

While some of the cost/price information has to be adjusted for here in North Texas, this article provides a good overview of the considerations involved.
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