Local solar tours

Learn more about the local solar tours participating in the 2018 National Solar Tour!

Alaska

2018 Homer Alaska Solar Tour
Homer Alaska
Tour date: Saturday July 7, 2018
Tour time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tour website: http://alaskasolartour.com/2018-homer-solar-tour/
For more information, contact: Kyra at Sustainable Homer – info@alaskasolartour.org

Arizona

Coconino County Sustainable Building Tour: Accelerating into the Future
Coconino County, AZ
Tour date: Saturday September 29, 2018
Tour time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tour website: www.coconino.az.gov/sustainablebuilding
For more information, contact: Nina Schmidt – nschmidt@coconino.az.gov; 928-864-6128

Arkansas

Arkansas Renewable Energy Association Solar Tour
Tour date: Saturday October 20, 2018
Tour time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tour website: http://arkansasrenewableenergyassoc.org/
For more information, contact: Frank Kelly – frank@arkansasrenewableenergyassoc.org

California

SLO Home Solar & Heat Pump Tour
San Luis Obispo, CA
Tour date: Saturday October 13, 2018
Tour time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm: presentation;  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm: home tours
For more information, contact: Paul Meagher – paul@sunwork.org

Colorado

Durango Solar Home Tour 2018
Durango, CA
Tour dateSaturday October 6, 2018
Tour time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tour website: fourcore.org/solar-home-tour/
Description
: Tickets for this tour will be sold at the Durango Farmers Market (259 W 9th St, Durango) on Saturday October 6th.
For more information, contact: Laurie Dickson – laurie@fourcore.org; 970-259-1916
Metro Denver Green Homes Tour
Metro Denver, CO
Tour date: Saturday October 6, 2018
Tour time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tour website: http://www.newenergycolorado.com/home-tour Description: $10 per person for a self­-guided tour of your sustainable community
For more information, contact: Sheila Townsend – sheilactownsend@gmail.com

Delaware

Rehoboth Beach, DE Solar Home Tour
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Tour date: Saturday October 13, 2018
Tour date: 10:00 am -2:00 pm
Tour website: www.solartour.org/de
Description: 
Solar hot water evacuated tubes, solar PV, electric vehicle charging spot, radiant floor heating, super insulated, doors and windows are triple pane, triple glazed, rain water underground sistern.
For more information, contact: Charlie Garlow – cgarlow@solartour.org; 301-312-7703

District of Columbia

Metropolitan Washington, DC Solar & Green Home Tour
Greater Washington, D.C. area
Tour dates: Saturday & Sunday, October 6 & 7, 2018
Tour time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm both days
Tour website: solartour.org
Description: Self-guided open house tour. Get a brochure ticket either online and print it out yourself,or buy a pre-printed full color glossy version for $5.
For more information, contact: Charlie Garlow – cgarlow@solartour.org; 301-312-7703

Florida

FREA Tour of Solar Homes & Businesses Using Battery Storage
Regional Sites in Central, East Central, and South Florida
Tour dates: Saturday & Sunday, October 6 & 7, 2018, Saturday & Sunday, October 13 & 14 (see FREA tour website for specific location dates and times)
Tour website: cleanenergyflorida.org
Description: Tour of homes and businesses with solar and battery storage
For more information, contact: Bill Young – fl_byoung@hotmail.com; 321-243-5643

Alachua County Solar Tour
Alachua County, FL
Tour date: Saturday October 13, 2018
Tour time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tour website: solarunitedneighbors.org/AlachuaSolarTour
For more information, contact: Heaven Campbell – heaven@solarunitedneighbors.org

Illinois

Illinois Solar Tour
State-wide across Illinois
Tour date: Saturday September 22, 2018
Tour time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tour website: www.illinoissolartour.org
Description: 
The Illinois Solar Tour has dozens of sites throughout the state! Please visit our website to find a solar host site near you.
For information, contact: Illinois Solar Energy Association – contactisea@illinoissolar.org

Maine

Maine Solar Tour
Downeast and Washington County, ME
Tour date: Saturday October 6, 2018
Tour time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm (followed by ‘solar cooker’ meal)
Tour website: mainesolar.org
For more information, contact: John Burke – dadsolar@yahoo.com; 207-546-1639

Massachusetts

Codman Community Farm Solar Hot Water Systems Tour
Lincoln, MA
Tour date: Saturday October 6, 2018
Tour time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tour website: https://codmancommunityfarms.org and www.neshw.com
Description:
The Farm has two separate solar hot water systems- one serving the Farmhouse and one serving the egg-washing operation in the Barn.
For more information, contact: John Moore – john@neshw.com; 508-269-3883

Michigan

Detroit Solar Tour
Detroit, MI
Tour date: Saturday October 6, 2018
Tour time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tour website: www.detroitgreenmap.com/DETSolarTour
Description: This will be a biking tour around Midtown, Detroit.  If you don’t have a bike we will be working on providing passes for MoGo Bike Rentals for the tour.  We will also provide the route ahead of time if you would like to/need to drive along and meet us at the sites.
For more information, contact: Ben Dueweke – duewekeb@gmail.com; 313-819-9015

Livingston County Green Farm Tour
Livingston County, MI
Tour dates: Saturday & Sunday, October 6 & 7, 2018
Tour time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (October 6, 2018), 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm (October 7, 2018)
Description: Historical farms retrofitted with Wind Energy, Solar Energy (photovoltaic, active, passive) Biomass Heating Equipment, Decomposing Toilet, Rainwater Collection, Organic Farming, Organic Chickens
For more information, contact: Thomas Reinke – thmrein@aol.com; 517-256-2322

Minnesota

Sustainable Home Tour
Minneapolis, MN
Tour date: Saturday October 6, 2018
Tour time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tour website: https://www.mnrenewables.org/sustainable-home-tour/
For more information, contact: Eric Barry – eric.b@mnrenewables.org; 612-270-6801

Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Solar Tour
Tour date: Saturday, October 6
Tour time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Meet at: Frick Environmental Center (2005 Beechwood Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA)
Tour website:  pghsolartour.org
Description: PennFuture’s annual Pittsburgh Solar Tour encourages solar and clean energy solutions by connecting citizens to residential, commercial, and public solar installations and installers. Each year, this free event attracts more than 200 people from western Pennsylvania. More information on bus tours, sustainable restaurants, and after-party COMING SOON!
For more information, contact: Annie Regan – regan@pennfuture.org: 412 456-2781

Texas

Bluebonnet Solar Tour
Manor Texas
Tour date: Saturday September 29, 2018
Tour time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Meeting location: Lagos Elementary School, 11817 Murchison St., Manor, TX
Tour website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1757237921035981/
Description: 
Bluebonnet Electric Coop, the Texas Solar Energy Society and Solar Austin will host their third Solar Tour Sept. 29, 2018. Start the day at Lagos Elementary School, 11817 Murchison St. in Manor, where you’ll learn more about solar energy and how to connect to Bluebonnet’s grid. You can talk with solar installers, and the kids can build a solar car. Enjoy free breakfast tacos, coffee and juice and be entered to win prizes. Then, grab a map and take a self-guided tour of nearby homes with different types of solar setups. Homeowners, installers and Bluebonnet employees will be on hand at each home to talk about the installation process and answer questions.
For more information, contact: Lucy Stolzenburg – lucy@txses.org

Virginia

2018 Harrisonburg Green Home Tour
Harrisonburg, VA
Tour date:
 Saturday October 13, 2018
Tour time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tour website: https://vawindcenter.wixsite.com/greentour
Description: 
Tours will be held from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm with welcoming/networking with installers before and after the tour times
For more information, contact: Remy Pangle – panglerm@jmu.edu; 540-568-8768

Wisconsin

NW Wisconsin Solar Home Tour
Northwest Wisconsin
Tour date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Tour time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Tour website: www.legacysolar.com
Description:  Guided tour by bus or carpool depending on attendance.
For more information, contact:
Kris Schmid – solman@legacysolar.com; 715-653-4295

Wisconsin Solar Tour
Custer, WI
Tour date: Saturday October 6, 2018
Tour time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tour website: https://www.midwestrenew.org/solartour/
Description: 
Join people across Wisconsin on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a state-wide Solar Tour. Homes and businesses throughout Wisconsin will open their doors to demonstrate and share strategies for energy-efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable living. Site tours are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact: Midwest Renewable Energy Association – info@midwestrenew.org

 

 

Organizing a local tour during any of the weekends surrounding October 6 & 7, 2018? Email us at solartour@solarunitedneighbors.org and we’ll get your tour added to this list!