urAn estimated 150,000 people toured homes and businesses in
49 states on the 2008 ASES National Solar Tour.
▼▼Colorado – Solar-Powered eleCtriC VehiCle
fort CollinS, Colo.
Solar homes and buildings weren’t the only highlights of the National
Solar tour. Mike Haddorff of Collins Control & electric showcased his
firm’s electric conversion of a 1973 triumph gt6. the client’s PV system
provides 100 percent of the family’s electric needs for the home and
the car. according to Haddorff, the electric car gets about 2. 4 miles
per kilowatt-hour produced by the PV system.
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▲ MiSSouri – roSS-MarCuM houSe
StoCkton lake, Mo.
the all-electric solar home of Mitchell Ross and Cheryl
Marcum features a 3-kilowatt PV system with Sharp
modules and a solar water-heating system. the passive solar design and super-insulated, airtight building envelope of this three-bedroom, two-office home
contribute to its Home energy Rating System score of
38. Features include natural daylighting, low-e windows and fiberglass insulated doors and an energy-recovery ventilator. this award-winning home was
designed by Stitt energy Systems Inc., Rogers, ark.,
and built by anderson Construction, Stockton, Mo.
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waShington – williaMS houSe
VaShon iSland, waSh.
at the end of a long and windy tour day, final participants view
solar technology on the home of Jason and Jennifer Williams,
PV installers at artisan electric Inc. the roof hosts a 20-tube
thermomax evacuated tube system and a 3.2-kilowatt grid-tied
PV system with 16 Sanyo 200-watt panels and a Fronius Ig 3000
inverter. People were amazed to see that the system was generating electricity despite the gray day.
wiSConSin – MidweSt renewaBle energy aSSoCiation
On tour day education Director Clay Sterling gave a tour of
the headquarters of the Midwest Renewable energy association. the site features solar thermal, solar electric and wind
electric technologies. For the 2008 Wisconsin Solar tour, more
than 220 businesses and homes — a record number of sites —
opened their doors to showcase renewable energy systems,
green building and sustainable practices.