Solar energy is the cleanest, most abundant, renewable energy source available, and the U.S. has an ample and infinite supply of sun. With this tremendous potential, it is no surprise that solar is one of the fastest growing sectors of the American economy, with more than 5,500 solar companies employing people in every state in the Union.
Virginia could meet almost 20% of its electric demand from solar energy. Yet today that figure is much less than 1%. We can and must do better! Support the Solar Tour in your neck of the woods and at the same time support Virginia’s hard-working solar businesses. It’s a win-win for Virginia!
Hampton Roads Solar Tour
The tour will take place over 2 days. On Saturday, October 6, sites on the Southside (Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach) and Middle Peninsula (Gloucester) will be open. On Sunday, October 7 sites on the Peninsula (Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg) will be open. Registration by web site (hrsolartour.com) or phone (757-214-6732) is required. The tour is free.
Richmond Solar Tour
Richmond BySolar hosts its annual Virginia Heatstore tour. It’s part of the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) National Solar Tour, the world’s largest grassroots solar event. Slated for October, 6, 2012 from 11 AM till 5 PM at 5912 Long Street, Richmond, VA, the tour introduces Richmond residents to the solar technologies their friends and neighbors are using to 1) slash monthly energy bills, 2) improve property values, 3) realize tax credits as they 4) assert their energy independence and 5) create a cleaner community.
Shenandoah Valley Solar Tour
On Oct.6, enjoy a self-guided tour of various homes and small businesses throughout the Shenandoah Valley in Virgina (I-81 corridor), including properties in Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Augusta County, Waynesboro, Staunton, and the Roanoke Region. Visit svrea.org for more information.
Metro D.C. Solar Tour
Celebrate the 22nd Annual Metro Washington, D.C. Tour of Solar and Green Homes. Over 70 solar and green homes are on tour for 2012 and . Homes are open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, October 6 and 7, 2012. Visit solartour.org for more information.