On October 5th, 2013, seventeen homes, farms, schools and businesses in the Winona area join the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and hundreds of other renewable energy system installers and owners throughout America to showcase more than 5,000 alternative-powered sites -- for the 18th Annual National Solar Tour, the world’s largest grassroots renewable energy event.
The event, slated for October 5th, 2013 from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. is a free public open house showing the solar, wind, geothermal, and energy efficiency technologies your neighbors are using to drastically reduce monthly energy bills, reduce harmful carbon emissions, and gain energy independence. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with a home, farm or business owner and hear about ‘real life’ experiences with a renewable energy system.
Visit our website at http://winonarenewableenergytour.weebly.com/ to find previews of the participating renewable energy sites and systems. There is an interactive map detailing each tour location which you can use to get directions and plan your route. Except for the large wind turbines, someone will be on hand at each location to give you a tour and answer questions. We’ve even included a Winona City bike route, if you want to visit the sites without using fossil fuels.
Here is just a sampling of the folks that volunteered to be a part of our tour this year. Members of the Winona High School Environmental Club, which raised funds and received a grant to install solar panels, will be on hand at the high school to give you a tour of their 2 solar arrays. Students from Winona State, living at the Sustainability Theme House, can tell you about the features of their house, which include solar electric panels and a ‘green’ roof. The Wind Turbine Orchard, has both solar electric and wind power to help power their farm and business operation. The owners of Pork & Plants had to invent a process to pelletize their own prairie grass for use as a bio-fuel heating source for their green houses. The Home The Land Built, is completely off-grid including a composting toilet and rainwater harvest system.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN SOLAR ENERGY SOCIETY:
For more than 50 years the American Solar Energy Society has led the renewable energy revolution. It is the nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the use of solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies across North America. ASES leads national efforts to promote solar energy education, public outreach, and advocacy. www.ases.org