Another hurricane season began June 1 with emergency mobile solar generators staged at 17 locations around Houston, ready to help residents do things like refrigerate crucial medicines and charge medical devices and cell phones.
Testing Solar Panels at the Port of Galveston
HARC is working to advance research in solar panel efficiency in marine environments. When sunlight travels through humid, salty air in sunny areas like the Texas Gulf Coast, the sunlight becomes dispersed and is less efficient at generating electricity. In this project HARC is partnering with the Port of Galveston and researchers at the University of Houston to install and test various solar panel coatings to determine how they perform near the coast.
The project is lead by Alex Cuclis, Research Scientist in Air Emissions and Monitoring. The University of Houston is performing tests with solar panels mounted on the Port of Galveston Cruise Terminal to determine how to increase the amount of electricity that can be generated simply by using a different kind of coating.
An unexpected result of a lawsuit by environmentalists to cut industrial air pollution went on public display this week - a trio of solar-power installations at two high schools, which HARC was instrumental in planning and constructing.
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:
Recent severe weather events have caused considerable damage to the Houston region.
As a result of beginning with the end in mind, HARC's headquarters is on track to achieving a Platinum Level Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification - making it the first LEED Platinum green building in The Woodlands, Texas.