Tour of Solar Homes

Tour of Solar Homes


What is it like to produce your own electricity from wind and the sun? Find out in Ogle County at the annual Tour of Solar Places October 5 from 10 – 2. Four sites will be open to the public. For information, call 732-7332.

For the third consecutive year, Ogle County residents will open their homes and buildings to the public for the annual Tour of Solar Places.

On Saturday, October 5, 2002, homes across the nation will be opened to

interested visitors. The national sponsor of the tour is the American Solar Energy Association. The Illinois sponsor is the Illinois Renewable Energy Association.

Four sites in the county will be open between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All are invited to view these energy saving installations.

l Bob and Sonia Vogl, 1230 E. Honey Creek Rd., Oregon, (732-7332) Have

two photovoltaic installations. One is a small stand-alone system, similar to those being installed in third world countries, which provides power to a small outbuilding. The second is a 1.5 kilowatt system connected to the grid which provides about one third of their home power. Take Daysville Rd. south from Hwy. 64 to Honey Creek Rd., Honey Creek Rd. east to 1230.

l Tom Snodgrass, 6618 W. Apple Rd., Mt. Morris, (734-4307) has an earth tube, an ingenious culvert which cools his large work shed in the summer and warms it in the winter so that he can work year-round without the need for a furnace or air conditioning. Take Mt. Morris Rd. north out of Mt. Morris to Midtown Rd.; Midtown west to Maple Rd.; Maple north to Apple Rd.; Apple west to the farm (about 7 miles out of Mt. Morris).

l David Merrill, 139 Perene, Byron, (234-2530) runs his entire home on a hybrid photovoltaic and wind power system that he installed himself. This is the ultimate in independent electricity production. Take Perene Ave. south off Hwys. 2 and 72 on the west end of Byron.

l Jim Koehlert, 7834 Hoosier Rd., Ashton, (456-3411) has both a 1.8 kilowatt photovoltaic system and a 1.0 kilowatt wind generator mounted on a recycled 60 foot water pumping tower. Just north of Stone Barn Road on Hoosier Rd., which is a mile east of Daysville Rd.

Local tour coordinators are Bob and Sonia Vogl, Oregon (732-7332).

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