October is National Energy Awareness Month, which means it is almost time again for the annual Wisconsin Solar Tour, a free educational event open to the public. The Wisconsin Solar Tour is Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and occurs throughout Wisconsin with multiple tour sites, both residential and commercial, from Hayward to Milwaukee.
The Wisconsin Solar Tour offers the opportunity to directly interact with home and business owners and learn about the cost, processes and economic and environmental benefits of installing a renewable system or adopting efficiency practices. The tour also gives Wisconsinites a glimpse of the variety and diversity of renewable energy and green building projects from the people who own, live in or work in these homes and buildings. The projects range from capturing energy from the sun through media of air and water, to passive house design that saves energy, to collecting rainwater.
To start planning a tour of Wisconsin sites near you, visit http://www.growsolar.org/solartour. For more information about going solar, discover the resources available at GrowSolar.org. Explore the Solar Power HourSM Guide to learn about consumer considerations for installations in the Midwest.
After the tour, the MREA Milwaukee office is hosting the Solar Celebration: A benefit for the MREA featuring solar-powered beer, local food, music and a raffle. Members and solar supporters are invited to attend as the office opens its new location in the Menomonee Valley at Escuela Verde. Get your tickets at midwestrenew.org/solarcelebration; tickets are limited.
The Wisconsin Solar Tour is organized by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) in partnership with the American Solar Energy Society (ASES).