This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

September 28, 2005

National Solar Tour Comes to 43 States and D.C. on October 1st

Solar-powered and energy efficient homes, businesses, schools, and libraries throughout the country will open their doors to visitors on the weekend of October 1st, marking the 10th anniversary of the National Solar Tour. According to the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), attendance at this year's event is expected to go up sharply as Americans scramble for relief from rapidly increasing energy prices. Among the highlights of some of the tours: Little Rock, Arkansas, residents will start the tour at the Clinton Library, a showcase of solar energy and green building practices, and tours in three California cities will feature solar-powered homes that also charge electric vehicles. Organized by ASES, the tour is sponsored in part by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. See the ASES press release and the tour listings.