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September 17, 2008

National Solar Tour Comes to All But Four States in October

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 4. Enlarge this image.
Credit: MSB Energy Associates

More than 5,000 solar homes, businesses, and schools throughout the United States will open their doors to the public in September and October for the National Solar Tour. The annual event is coordinated by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and sponsored by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Promoted as the nation's largest grassroots solar energy event, the ASES National Solar Tour attracted more than 115,000 people to solar buildings in 46 states last year, and the event grows bigger every year.

Although most tours will occur on Saturday, October 4, some events happened as early as late August, while others will stretch into November, so it's key to check the dates and locations of solar tours in your state. This year, events are currently scheduled for every state except Idaho, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, so if you own a solar home or business or work at a solar school in one of those states, consider organizing a tour! See the ASES press release and the National Solar Tour Web site.