For the past 13 years the American
Solar Energy Society has worked with
SmOany loLcal cAhaptersRand other
local groups to bring the National Solar Tour to commu-
affordable, clean energy for your home nities across the country. The Tour is the single largest
demonstration of green buildings and solar technology in
Your neighbors want to show you how it works! the w Torld. WOe couldn’tDdo a ToAur of thi Ys scale without he dedication of several hundred tour organizers (mostly By Brad Collins ASES state chapter volunteers) and more than 4,000 ho- meowners. It is a fascinating opportunity for folks to visit
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are the key to the success of this national event. tEhDeI TpOeoRpIAleL who live or work in these buildings.
For the past 13 years the American Solar
Energy Society has worked with its many local
This special Get Started! issue of SOLAR TODAY
chapters and other local groups to bring the Na-
magazine was created, like every issue of SOLAR
tional Solar Tour to communities across the country.
TODAY to educate people who use energy — that
The Tour is the single largest demonstration of green is, all of us. Our goal with this issue is to anticipate
buildings and solar technology in the world. We
and answer your questions about green building and
couldn’t do a Tour of this scale without the dedica-
solar technologies. It provides reference links for fur-
tion of several hundred tour organizers (mostly ASES ther inquiry. When you have specific questions about
state chapter volunteers) and more than 4,000
how green technologies can work on your house,
homeowners. It is a fascinating opportunity for folks turn to the directory of practitioners — it’s organized
to visit the building in the next block or the home
by zip code — and find an expert (or two or three)
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they read about in the local paper. Visitors learn
near you. Hang on to Get Started! You can refer
firsthand how these technologies work, and how
to it over and over again in the months ahead.
they impact the everyday lives of the people who
live or work in these buildings.
The most fascinating fact about the National
Solar Tour is this: 32 percent of tour hosts indicate
The generous folks who volunteer to open a home
that a previous tour influenced their decision to
or building to their neighbors do so to share the
add sustainable energy features to their home.
satisfaction and passion they’ve found in owning
After their tour experience, they built their own
a green building and living more sustainably. They
are the best salespeople for green technology. They
sustainable home. Today they want to show you
that it works. r
want tour takers to have what they have: clean,
cheap energy and a clean conscience. They want to
Brad Collins is executive director of the American Solar
Energy Society and publisher of SOLAR TODAY.
show you how it works in their home, what they’ve
learned and how they feel about the technologies
Most tours take place Saturday, Oct 4.
they’ve adopted. At one level, their message is:
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13th ASES National Solar Tour: Welcome aboard!
By Richard Burns Welcome to the 13th Annual National
As you visit homes and businesses on the
Tour, don’t hesitate to ask questions about
Solar Tour! On behalf of the proud own- the energy features you see. Take pictures,
BECKY CAMPBELL-HO WE: Director of Operations
NEAL LURIE: Director of Marketing and Communications
C BradB Co:lMlinems biesrsehixpeMcauntaigveer director of the AROLYN EACH
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ELENBArHaOdFFRCICoHTll EiRn:sReciesptieox ne istc/Buotoivkekeed peirrector of the
AKAm TEeHriOc TaCHnKISSSo: ElaxercuEtniveerAgsysisS taonctiety and publisher of
ASES BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ers who have opened their homes for
take notes and learn about what works in your
the Tour, and on behalf of the American climate, your community, your utility district.
Solar Energy Society, its volunteers and
The owners and volunteers you’ll meet have
staff, I’m happy to invite you in.
figured out how to reduce their energy costs
The Tour began as a small event in
while reducing the nation’s dependence on
Northern California. Thanks to the
fossil fuels, and we all benefit.
JOHN RE YNOLDS, CHAIR
MARGOT MCDONALD, CHAIR-ELECT
ANDY BLACK PAULET TE MIDDLE TON
TRAVIS BRADFORD NATHAN MITTEN
RICHARD CAPUTO VIC TOR OLGYAY
ALLISON GRAY BILL POULIN
DAVID HILL DAVE RENNÉ
JASON KEYES MAR Y SPRUILL
JEFF LYNG JENNIFER SZARO
GABRIELA MARTIN LORIN VANT-HULL
passion of thousands of volunteers,
and the foresight of thousands of homeowners,
it’s grown into the largest solar energy event in
Be sure to thank the owners and volunteers for
their hospitality and time. And accept our thanks,
for your interest in America’s energy future! r
Richard Burns is National Solar Tour manager at the
American Solar Energy Society. rburns@ ases.org
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