Saturday, May 14th Monthly Meeting

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Monthly NTEAA Meeting

Date : Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Time : 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location : West Irving Public Library

Address : 4444 W. Rochelle Rd., Irving, TX  75062

All monthly meetings are free to attend and open to the public.

We had our monthly meeting at the West Irving Public Library this month.  Its one thing to see pictures and their online videos of the building but seeing it in person makes it really impressive.  As soon as you pull up into their driveway you can see the huge solar array with parking underneaths them.

Solar Panel Array

So you get covered parking, which is really nice but even better is they have 110 volt outlets on every pole.  So electric cars can plug in while visiting the library, so that is really awesome.  When you walk to the building you can see the landscape is well though out using native Texas plants that are use to the dryer weather so that they are very drought tolerant.

Solar Array and Landscape

Then when you get inside you see it is a state of the art building with lots of features and amenities.  I gotta tell you, a lot of through and design was put into this projects to make it very useful, green and zero carbon foot print on their power.  So it is a building that you should check out some time.

Solar Tracking Array

Norris, you can't take it home with you. We see you back there.

We had 9 or 10 people show up along with a Irving City Councilmen.  We had several discussions going on and not very one was part of each discussion.  We heard from the Richardson school doing another Electrothon and entering a new vehicle into the challenge.  He brought pictures showing the new EV, they expect to have it done in the next few weeks.  It was great to get an update on what the Richardson School is working on.   (if you have a picture of the EV, please send it to the NTEAA officers so it can be posted here)    We also discussed the Lake Wood Event that was happening the next day and made sure everyone knew where and when to meet and how many vehicles were going to be able to make it.  We ran into a hand full of new people in passing by hearing what we were talking about at the library and asked some questions.  We asked for a quick tour and info of the library while we were there so one of the librarians gave us a tour and told us a lot about the library.  There were a lot of people there at the library as we were walking around trying to keep quite but asking questions.  Afterwards we went out to the EVs under the solar panel arrays and had a few more random discussions and ran into a few more people asking questions.

Solar Pane Array Parking Lot

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