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Austin City Council adopted a resolution to become carbon neutral as soon as feasible, but no later than 2050. This is one of the most ambitious goals set by a city in the world and we are going to help with the development of the framework how to get there, and write up sector plan on what energy, waste, transportation and manufacturing sectors have to offer to make this a reality.

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FEAT, the Faith based Energy Action Team is bringing together houses of worship to promote climate stewardship and advocacy at their facilities, with their members and other organizations around town. FEAT meets every second Monday of the month at 7pm. Look for the invites on the FEAT page.

Our mission: Climate Buddies is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that wants to empower people to include climate change considerations into every decision they make. We focus on live interaction with groups of people, for-profits, spiritual groups, public and academia. We focus on people, inspiration, guidance and are result driven. Anyone who wants to start to integrate climate considerations in decision making is welcome to join us or invite us for collaboration.

Our invitation to you: meeting the global energy and climate challenges

  • If you could work on meeting the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced, would you?
  • Would it surprise you to know that the climate and oceanic systems have been so perturbed by the massive burning of fossil fuels that the very continuation of human civilization is threatened?
  • Do you yearn to be able to say to your grandchildren, and theirs – and everyone else’s – that you did your part to leave the earth in a healthier condition than when you were born into it?
  • Many suspect that the time left to return the earth to a healthy, resilient condition capable of sustaining human civilization is short. The climate recovery challenge is in fact an energy issue, a challenge to increase both the energy available to power essential services and to make affordable, renewable energy accessible to all.
  • We must and can increase the supply of energy available while reducing the total greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy generation to near-zero rates.

Understanding these premises, we must have the courage to yearn for a credible possibility that each of us, and billions of others like us from all over the world, will become true caretakers for the earth – our planet that has given life to our kind; the creation which protects and nourishes us even in its injured state.

We believe in a world where if we take care of the earth, we can take care of the people. The economy is facilitating in this, not the starting point, just the result.

Close, but our voice is getting louder and louder: Here is what happened at the shareholder meeting today at Exxon: "a proposal to mandate Exxon to report on how climate change affects the business results took nearly forty percent of the vote. According to activists this is the best result ever at Exxon when it comes to climate change, and a testament to the growing interest from major investors in the fight against climate change. ... See MoreSee Less

BREAKING: Investors at today’s ExxonMobil and Chevron annual meetings gave unprecedented support for two climate change resolutions. bit.ly/1UdOwUX

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I love getting paid by the sun! Have you looked into getting solar for yourself? Here is a good place to start: bit.ly/1TKrPJs ... See MoreSee Less

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Sunshine: Austin Energy has contracted for four utility scale solar projects in West-Texas. Here is the first one:

PROJECT NAME: Roserock Solar
COUNTERPARTY: Southern Company (formerly Recurrent Energy)
PROJECT CAPACITY: 157 MWac
PROJECT LOCATION: Pecos County, Texas
EXPECTED COMMERCIAL OPERATION DATE (COD): 2016

Southern Power and Recurrent Energy, a subsidiary of
Canadian Solar Inc., one of North America’s largest solar
developers, own the 157-megawatt Roserock Solar Facility in
Texas. Construction began in November 2015, with McCarthy
Building Companies managing the engineering, procurement
and construction of the facility. The project is expected to enter
commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs)
generated by the facility will be sold under a 20-year power
purchase agreement with Austin Energy, which will have the
option to keep or sell the RECs.

Size
The solar facility is being built on 1,300 acres in Pecos County,
Texas.

Technology
The facility will consist of approximately 700,000 Canadian Solar
CS6X-P photovoltaic solar modules, mounted on single axis
trackers. Once completed, the project is expected to generate
enough solar energy to power the average energy needs of
approximately 30,000 Texas homes.

PV modules generate electricity directly from sunlight through
an electronic process that occurs naturally in certain types
of material known as semiconductors. Solar energy frees
electrons in these materials to travel through an electrical
circuit, powering devices or sending electricity to the grid.
Tracking systems produce more energy because they track the
sun’s movement throughout the day.
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