Organized by the nonprofit North Texas Renewable Energy Group in cooperation with the Texas Solar Energy Society and the American Solar Energy Society, the DFW Solar Tour is a free event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 13, to tour innovative green homes and buildings around the DFW Metroplex and learn how homeowners and businesses can use solar energy, wind energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies.
Local tour hosts have opened their homes and business to share their renewable energy and conservation knowledge and experiences with the public with the aim to demonstrate the variety of ways that people can reduce utility costs, conserve resources, live healthy lifestyles, make their own electricity and more.
As part of the 20th annual National Solar Tour, the world's largest grassroots solar event, the DFW tour is among the largest in the nation. In total, more than 165,000 participants are expected to visit some 5,500 buildings in 3,200 communities across the U.S.
Tour highlights include TreeHouse Dallas, the first energy-positive big-box store in the world; talks at IKEA, Plano Environmental Education Center, MLK Jr. Community Center, The da Vinci School, Treehouse Dallas, Cedar Hill Government Center and Tarrant County College South Campus. Several high schools are displaying solar cars this year, including Winston School Solar Car (at the Plano EEC), Coppell High School (at the Irving West Library) and Liberty Christian School (at the UNT Zero Energy Lab). Participants can see the battery energy storage technology at Axium Solar and the Caldwell House.
Matilda the bus is a solar-powered school bus that is parked outside the Twelve Hills Nature Center and serves as a mobile classroom for the Seed Preschool. Utterly Divine is a working ranch and research center with a 25-kilowatt solar panel array and battery storage designed to operate off-grid for most of the ranch’s electricity requirements. Their solar system’s installer will be on-site to explain how the system works and answer questions.
Admission is free. For more information, visit DFWSolarTour.org.
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