Organized by the nonprofit, volunteer-based North Texas Renewable Energy Group (NTREG), in cooperation with the Texas Solar Energy Society and the American Solar Energy Society National Solar Tour, the sixth annual DFW Solar Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 3, to visit select innovative
homes and buildings.
The tour enables people to learn how their neighboring homeowners and businesses are using solar energy, wind energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies to save money and consume less of our natural resources. The strategies and techniques on display during this year’s tour range from changing to LED light bulbs and selecting more efficient appliances to cutting-edge, ultra-efficient eco-homes and businesses that are generating as much or more energy than they consume.
Last year, more than 500 visits to homes, schools, libraries and other buildings were made, drawing people from as far away as Hot Springs, Arkansas, to see what forward-thinking people in North Texas are doing to build a self-sufficient, sustainable future.
Tour Coordinator Mellen West says, “We will be including homes with solar panels, wind turbines, grey water systems, electric cars and manual lawnmowers whose owners never go to gas stations. The tour will include businesses such as The Da Vinci School, near Midway and Royal, which received a prestigious LEED Gold certification for their ground-up green building techniques.”
NTREG’s Lissa Magel adds, “We will be featuring some new locations this year, and we actively welcome homeowners and businesses to volunteer to be a part of the tour.
The National Solar tour is the largest grassroots solar event in the nation, involving about 150,000 participants and 5,000 solar energy sites nationwide. West notes, “We have sponsorship opportunities at the kilowatt, megawatt and gigawatt levels available to those committed to keeping this kind of peer-to-peer educational event fun and free to the public.”
Admission is free. For more information, visit dfwsolartour.org.