New Renewable Energy Historical Initiative in Texas - Nov 2 2017 by Shades of Green published on 2017-11-27T16:59:47Z A new non-profit initiative has undertaken to memorialize the history of renewable energy in Texas. The Historical Foundation for Texas Renewable Energy (HFTRE) was formed to address the fact that over 40 years of history in the development of Texas renewable energy exists in the form of documents, memorabilia, electronic files, and hardware currently scattered among many individuals, organizations, and institutions, and not always stored in a fashion that adequately protects them. There is a concern that much of this history is being, or may be, lost as time passes. Our guests on Shades of Green were: Russel Smith, former Exec. Director of TREIA. Artist – photographer, and now new initiative for renewables history. Dr. Gary Vliet: Former professor at UT Mechanical Engineering. He is a solar researcher and author of several text books and historical accounts of Texas.