Everybody wants to keep up with the proverbial Jones’ and now that they’ve installed solar on their home maybe its time for you to do so, too. This weekend towns and cities across the U.S. are participating in the 19th annual National Solar Tour, which is officially held on Oct. 4 and 5 (some places may host events on other weekends). It’s the best opportunity for people across the U.S. to learn more about solar from peers in their communities.
The event is hosted by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and its local chapters across the U.S. “The ASES National Solar Tour is the largest grassroots solar event in the nation, involving over 150,000 participants and 5,000 solar-energy sites nationwide,” the advocacy organization said of this year’s event. It has continued to grow every year. “It offers the opportunity to informally tour innovative green homes and buildings, and see how solar energy can be used efficiently. The tour hopes to continue to inspire people across the nation to make sustainable energy choices that reduce costs, support energy independence, protect against power outages, and reduce carbon emissions.”
Throughout the nation solar-powered homes and businesses are opening up their doors to their neighbors so that people throughout their communities can learn about and explore the solar panels and arrays that are powering their buildings as well as any other energy efficiency means they’ve built into or included in their buildings.
Visitors can talk with the home and business owners about the systems. In addition solar installers and developers will be onsite at many participating locations to explain how the systems are installed, what solar incentives are available locally and how long it will take for the home or user to see a return on investment from the solar array.
ASES said the event is hosted annually on the first Saturday in October in coordination with National Energy Awareness Month. To learn more about local events visit www.ases.org/solar-tour/find-a-tour/. Just like the power from the sun most of the tours are free, though you might have to pay for the tour map.Tweet