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 is developing a research program to study the efficacy of energy management programs in Texas school districts. The energy expenditure for a Texas school district is typically the second largest single budget line item after salaries.
The City of Houston recently announced its Climate Action Plan that will bring together stakeholders from across the community to develop a variety of cost-effective energy efficiency, renewable energy and
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.
In 2008 and 2009, the City of Houston published an Emissions Reduction Plan that has driven much of the City’s current energy efficiency and renewable energy activity.