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What’s in Store for Solar in the 2015 Texas Legislative Session?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 10:00am – 11:00am EST  
Host: Principal Solar Institute
By: Russel Smith, Executive Director, Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association

The 2013 Texas State Legislative Session brought Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) to Texas.  Remember that the Texas legislature only meets every other year.  What will the 2015 Texas State Legislature do for solar power?

Hear co-founder and executive director of Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA) Russel Smith provide a summary of the past year’s out-of-session activity and a forecast of the actions expected from the 2015 Texas Legislative Session, then discover the potential impact on your business during a LIVE question-and-answer segment following Russel’s presentation.


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Russel Smith
Russel Smith

Executive Director, Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association

Russel Smith has 33 years experience in the renewable energy industry promoting renewable energy issues in Texas. Smith helped found the educational non-profit Texas Solar Energy Society (TXSES) in 1976 and became Executive Director of TXSES in 1978, a position he held until 1992. Smith co-founded the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA) trade association in 1984 and has served as its Executive Director from 1986 to present. His experience includes; working with governmental, educational and non-profit boards, and serving on state committees and task forces promoting the development of Texas’ solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydrokinetic resources. Smith is a registered lobbyist on behalf of Renewable Energy Industry initiatives in Texas.

Smith was the recipient of the American Solar Energy Society’s first National Achievement Award – Chapter Level in 1994. He chaired the Texas Energy Education Development Project for high school students for fifteen years. He has organized numerous renewable energy events including statewide, regional, and national conferences, trade shows, forums, and workshops. He has participated in several State energy planning processes, policy development summits, and initiatives. Smith also formed the Rural Alliance for Renewable Energy (RARE), a collaboration of state agencies, educational institutions, non-profit associations and industry representatives which is now a program of the Texas Department of Rural Affairs, and founded and co-organized the Renewable Energy Roundup & Green Living Fair.

Mr. Smith holds both a Bachelors and a Masters of Science in Education degree in Political Science from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University).


  • Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association
  • Principal Solar, Inc.

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