Once again it’s time for the National Solar Tour! It’s a chance for people around the country to visit their neighbors’ solar-powered and energy efficient homes to see, hear and learn more about what it means to go solar and how it impacts their lives—if it does at all!
“The National Solar Tour is the world’s largest grassroots solar movement—where homes, businesses, schools, religious meeting centers, and other organizations across the country open their doors and roofs to neighbors who are looking to learn more about how they can utilize renewable energy in their own lives and communities,” said ASES Executive Director Carly Rixham in this year’s guide. This year the organization is anticipating 150,000 people will participate in the events.
This the 21st annual National Solar Tour by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), and just like solar installations across the country, it’s growing quickly. This year ASES and its partner, Enphase, said that more than 5,000 homes across the country are expected to open their doors to their neighbors in locally organized events, with most occurring on Oct. 1. Many are free, but some have a nominal fee for printed materials.
“The premise of the tour is to get neighbors talking about local incentives, local installers /contractors, local laws,” Rixham explained. “Ask your neighbors about their monthly utility bills. Learn how much you can save while you help the planet. Research the options and discover your neighborhood’s best-kept solar secrets! Find out about the return on your investment with solar thermal, or solar electric options for zero money down in most states.”
The solar tour also includes complimentary technologies, Rixham said. “This year’s National Solar Tour highlights many unique renewable energy features, net zero homes and other notable sights. Many homes have a trifecta of clean energy- for example PV, geothermal, and electric vehicle. What’s your trifecta? Grey water re-use? Rainwater harvesting? Composting toilet?”
It’s a unique opportunity to see all of these types of features and also to explore the history of home solar power. Some homes in tours went solar and energy efficient as early as the 1970s. Others in the tour might have gone solar earlier in 2016. Seeing the difference in technology and power and the systems is fascinating.
Learn more and find an event near you at: nationalsolartour.org.Tweet