ASES Welcomes New Members, Programs This Spring

Carly Rixham

Carly Rixham

Spring has sprung here in sunny Colorado and we are working hard to harness that energy! It has been nine months since I started as executive director of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and I feel like this solar baby is ready to be born—lots of exciting projects are coming to fruition.

We are thrilled to welcome 2,000 new members to ASES this spring—just in time for the launch of our improved online membership portal. The website will feature a user-friendly interface for members to update and renew their membership records and will allow anyone to easily make a donation, buy a SOLAR TODAY subscription, and access other resources.

Register Today for SOLAR 2015

Mark your calendar for July 28-30 for SOLAR 2015 (#SOLAR2015), the 44th annual ASES National Solar Conference. You won’t want to miss this event, to be held at the premier Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College, Pennsylvania. Early bird registration is now open at ASES members receive a discount on registration—keep an eye on your inbox and mailbox for your special offer code.

The technical review committee has reviewed 242 abstract submissions, which will be used to create a full lineup of cutting-edge sessions. SOLAR 2015 is a conference by solar professionals, for solar professionals, and it’s going to be serious fun! Highlights include an ASES Emerging Professionals networking event, a switch~Lightning Talks event, the annual ASES awards banquet and ASES Fellows reception, the Society of Building Science Educators annual meeting, the ASES annual membership meeting, the Women in Solar Energy (WISE) luncheon, a Solar Fest party, a Solar for Disaster Relief workshop, a solar tour, and a (fun) Run for the Sun 5K.

We are also accepting nominations for ASES awards and Fellows designations. Please consider acknowledging an inspiring person who is paving the way in solar and other clean energy technologies. Find details at

ASES Tour Going Strong After 20 Years

This fall marks the 20th anniversary of the ASES National Solar Tour, and to celebrate we have decided to make October “tour month” at ASES. October is also National Energy Awareness Month—a good time for home and business owners across the country to open their doors and show what they’ve done to increase energy efficiency and help cut pollution.

We are honored to be the recipient of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Sunshot Catalyst award to develop a brand-new ASES National Solar Tour website! To be unveiled soon—at the website will enable tour goers to design virtual or physical tours based on location, date, and renewable energy features. Organizers and tour hosts will be able to connect with each other and find information about showcasing their homes and businesses on the tour.

The ASES National Solar Tour is the largest grass- roots solar event in the nation, and most tours will be held October 3-4, 2015. If you would like to organize a tour in your community, open your home on a tour, volunteer, or sponsor a tour, go to to get started.

Connect With Us

Until May 31, you can save $200 on an ASES life membership. Join us, or upgrade your ASES membership and continue receiving SOLAR TODAY without renewing each year. Once you have finished reading this issue of SOLAR TODAY, please share your copy with another solar enthusiast, and learn more about how you can support solar energy at

Thank you, ASES members/SOLAR TODAY readers, for your continued support. I’d like to hear more from you about how you would like to see ASES promote solar energy through community action. It is a pivotal time for solar policies and there are many rate cases and important dockets at commissions. As solar citizens, we have a responsibility to protect our planet and preserve it for future generations. Join us as we lead the renewable energy revolution.

Sunny regards,

Carly Rixham ( is the executive director at the American Solar Energy Society.

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