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October 03, 2007

National Solar Tour Comes to All but Four States on Saturday

A photo of a crowd gathered near a home with solar panels on its roof.

Local tours of solar houses are being offered throughout most of the United States on or about October 6th.
Credit: MSB Energy Associates

For all of you not able to attend the Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C., here's a local option: solar homes and buildings in nearly every U.S. state, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, are opening their doors to visitors for the National Solar Tour. Hosted by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) with sponsorship from DOE, the National Solar Tour is a chance to discover how solar energy, daylighting, wind power, and green building technologies are being put to work in your area. Most tours for the annual event are held on Saturday, October 6th, although some tours have already passed and other will be held later in October. Last year, only five states failed to offer a solar home tour, and this year, it's down to just the Dakotas, West Virginia, and Wyoming. See the National Solar Tour Web page and the state-by-state listing of all the tours on the ASES Web site.