Austin Named One of the Top 25 Solar Cities

Posted by Crystal Olenbush on Monday, June 9th, 2008 at 4:27pm.

The city of Austin is progressive in a number of ways and, when it comes to being environmentally friendly, the city is definitely ahead of the back.  In fact, just this past Tuesday, Austin was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy as one of the top 25 solar cities in the nation.

There are signs of the solar energy throughout the great city of Austin.  In fact, if you take a look a the Austin Convention Center, you will notice that it is literally covered in solar panels.  As such, it is considered to be one of the most technology advanced convention centers in the United States.  The convention center, as well as a number of homes in Austin that utilize solar power, are major reasons for the city’s special recognition. 

Austin received this recognition from the Department of Energy because it has taken a city-wide and comprehensive approach toward implementing solar technology in its homes, buildings, and businesses. 

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, met with U.S. UnderSecretary of Energy Clarence Albright and Austin Mayor Will Wynn on Tuesday to unveil the sign that declares Austin to be a Solar America City.

“Austin clearly is leading the way,” said Cornyn.  “This is pretty phenomenal, what you’ve done here.”

According to Cornyn, this is only one step in the city’s mission to learn “how we can be less dependent on imported oil from dangerous parts of the world.”

Despite Austin’s success at being named a Solar American City, a great deal of work remains to be done.  Nonetheless, Austin has taken that first step toward going “green” and exploring alternative forms of power.

Posted by Cindy McCright, Realtor at Cantera Real Estate, Inc.  Cindy can be reached at cindymccright(at)


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