For people still not sure about going solar on their home or business the National Solar Tour held every fall for more than two decades is the best chance to see operational solar systems up close and personal. It’s also a chance to talk with owners and installers about going solar. Now that the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and Solar United Neighbors have partnered, they plan to have the broadest solar tour yet.
This year the organizations aim to have more than 50,000 people across the US involved in the annual solar tour, which is usually held in states on Oct. 6 and 7. The organizations said it will be the first time that there will be events in every state.
“The National Solar Tour inspires people across the country to make sustainable energy choices,” said Carly Rixham, ASES Executive Director. “Going solar allows people to reduce costs, support energy independence, protect against power outages, and reduce carbon emissions.”
It’s also the first time that Solar United Neighbors is participating in the event. The organization has helped roughly 3,000 homeowners across the country go solar, investing $56.2 million in solar through co-ops it’s established. The organization both advocates for solar rights and helps people go solar through creating co-ops that enable bulk purchasing of solar equipment at lower prices, similar to Solarize programs.
“Solar brings people together,” said Anya Schoolman, Solar United Neighbors Executive Director. “We’re excited to partner with ASES to expand the reach of this great opportunity to learn about solar.”
The tour aims to show the public how solar power can help reduce homeowners’ energy costs and protect them from power outages while becoming more energy independent. In addition, it shows them how they can use solar to reduce their carbon impact.
This year marks the 23rd anniversary for the National Solar Tour. Tours are open to the public with local chapters of ASES and Solar United Neighbors helping to coordinate and solar installers on hand to help explain how people can go solar. Homeowners with solar power can sign up to participate in the tour as well.Tweet