Our Work

City of Houston Solar Energy Projects

HARC has worked with the City of Houston on a wide range of solar energy projects. Through its partnership with the City of Houston, HARC helped the City demonstrate leadership in clean energy and environmental performance.

Solar energy projects have included:

Department of Energy Solar America Cities Program
The U.S. Department of Energy named Houston as one of the 25 U.S. Solar America Cities working to accelerate the adoption of solar energy technologies for a cleaner, more secure energy future. Through the Solar America Cities effort, the DOE is working to rapidly increase the use and integration of solar energy in communities across the country. This program focused on a stakeholder-driven process to identify barriers and solutions to solar energy in the area, that resulted in an action plan to address these barriers.

DOE Sunshot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge
After the Solar America Cities Program, the DOE created the Sunshot Initiative Rooftop Challenge grant to tackle the twin challenges of reducing non-hardware costs and reducing market barriers. For this opportunity, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston teamed up, and are partnering with relevant stakeholders to make changes to improve market conditions for rooftop PV. The Challenge focused specifically on rooftop PV in the residential and commercial sectors, and emphasized streamlined and standardized permitting and interconnection processes. One of the tasks under this project is to provide information to homeowners, builders, and others on best practices related to best managing installations on historic homes and on homes affected by homeowner associations.

ICMA Podcast with Jennifer Ronk:

Solar in Action: Houston Texas:

George R. Brown Solar Demonstration Project
At the time of installation, the George R. Brown PV system was the largest commercial solar demonstration project in Houston. Primary funding for the George R. Brown Solar Pilot
Program was provided by the Houston Architecture Foundation through the support of the Houston Endowment, Inc. Additional project funding was provided by BP and CenterPoint Energy.
The turn-key installation included the design, installation, and commissioning of one 51.3-kW DC crystalline module array and a 49-kW DC amorphous thin-film system. along with a publicly
displayed educational kiosk illustrating how solar energy is converted into electricity and providing real-time energy production data.

1002 Washington Renewable Energy Demonstration Project
The City of Houston converted a 190,000 square foot, former warehouse, built in 1924, to a multi-department office building that serves as the City of Houston's One Stop Permitting Center and Green Building Resource Center. This project, funded by the State Energy Conservation Office, included the installation of four 1.5 kW wind turbines, the installation of a 100.72 kW DTSC Monocrystalline PV System, a 6.1 kW DTSC polycrystalline PV system, and the re-location of forty 165 Watt polycrystalline PV panels from the lod permitting building to the new location. An educational kiosk that provides information on renewable energy produced and building energy use was also designed and installed. Finally, HARC wrote an iPhone app that can report building energy use.

City of Houston Press Release:

Emergency Mobile Solar Generators
With funding from the State Energy Conservation Office, HARC coordinated the purchase and deployment of 17 emergency mobile solar generators Solar Powered Adaptive Container for Everyone (SPACE) units to be used as backup power in the case of an extended power outage. They were sized and designed to power emergency communication equipment, recharge wheelchair batteries and oxygen nebulizers, along with being equipped with small energy-efficient refrigerators in case of a need to refrigerate medicine.

Project Announcements

Researcher Announcement

Gavin Dillingham, Research Scientist, Clean Energy Policy, will be a guest on Houston Matters radio show on Thursday, January 8, 2015.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Gavin Dillingham participated as a panel member for the Clean Economy Rising: Texas winds generate economic growth webinar on November 17, 2014.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Satish Ravindran, Research Associate, Clean Energy Technology, participated in stakeholder interviews at the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Workshop on October 8, 2014 in Houston, Texas.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Satish Ravindran, Research Associate, Clean Energy Technology, presented at the Eco-Schools USA Workshop-Energy on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Marcile Hollingsworth Science Center in Houston, Texas.


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