Illinois residents will be ‘solar inspired’ at world’s largest solar energy event Oct. 1

Staff Report

CHICAGO — Be solar inspired! View renewable energy systems in action! The Illinois Solar Tour is a free, self-guided, statewide event that demonstrates how Illinois homes and businesses are using solar, wind, geothermal, passive solar design, and energy efficiency to become energy independent.

Renewable energy system owners and installers will be providing tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1. Tour guides will answer questions about how you can harness the power of the sun and wind to fuel your home and business. Learn how you, too, can reduce your monthly utility bills, increase property values, and be part of the energy solution.

In the Chicagoland area, tour participants will have the opportunity to meet with homeowners who not only power their homes with renewable energy but also have installed electric vehicle charging stations to power their cars!

Area business owners will be interested to see how businesses have reduced their bottom line with renewable energy systems. View a car dealership that is powered by five wind turbines and a solar installation, a Laundromat that pays nothing for its hot water, and a farm that harvests the sun and wind along with its crops.

To register for this free event and download a guidebook, visit Solar Tour guidebooks are also available in the September edition of Mindful Metropolis magazine, available at 600 locations in Illinois, including Whole Foods.

About the Illinois Solar Energy Association

Established in 1975, the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is a nonprofit organization that promotes the widespread application of renewable energy through education and advocacy. As the Illinois chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, ISEA is the local resource for educational classes, events, renewable energy-related policy developments, local news and access to local renewable energy vendors. For more about the Illinois Solar Tour, visit

About the American Solar Energy Society

For more than 50 years, the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) has been leading the renewable energy revolution to advance the use of solar and renewable energy. ASES leads national efforts to promote solar energy education, public outreach, and advocacy.Visit

The ASES National Solar Tour is the world’s largest grassroots solar event. More than 160,000 participants will visit some 5,000 buildings in 3,200 communities across the U.S. The event takes place annually during the first Saturday in October, in conjunction with National Energy Awareness Month. The National Solar Tour is expected to run in all 50 states this year. A complete list of scheduled events may be found at

From the Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2011, issue

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