October 6, 9am to 4pm, Golden Earth Days will hold the 1st Annual GOLDEN TOUR OF SOLAR HOMES. The Golden Tour will feature 11 homes in Golden and Lookout Mountain and the National Renewable Energy Lab Visitors Center. The homes range from remodels of older homes to homes that were built from the ground up with solar and energy efficiency in mind. Visitors can look at a variety of systems and efficiency improvements at each of the houses. Some highlights include a home made from the Solar Decathalon winner that was assembled on the mall in Washington DC. Tour attendees and the general public are invited to a reception, green expo and Hybrid and electric car round-up Friday October 5th from 5-7 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden. At this event attendees can learn about and see various hybrid and electric vehicles available for sale in the metro area and visit with Solar, wind and energy efficiency companies while enjoying free refreshments and local beer and wine.
“Learning about clean energy options that provide tax breaks, lower energy bills, and create jobs is something Golden residents can do to address America’s reliance on non-renewable fossil fuels,” says Sheila Townsend, GED Co-Director. “The Solar Tour and Green Expo provide real-life examples of how to harness energy from the sun to generate electricity to warm and cool homes, heat water, and reduce monthly utility bills.”
During the 17th Annual National Solar Tour, more than 160,000 participants will visit some 5,500 buildings in 3,200 communities across the U.S. This event is coordinated nationally by ASES in collaboration with dozens of partner organizations, including GED, and takes place in conjunction with National Energy Awareness Month. The self-guided tours give participants the direct perspectives of homeowners and installers about the costs, processes, economic and environmental benefits of going solar. The tours also provide Coloradans a glimpse at how a variety of solar systems look in and around structures with different architectural styles.
“Our nation sends $24.9 billion a month to foreign nations to sate its oil addiction,” said ASES Member Richard Burns. “In recent years, calamities in the U.S. and around the world call into question our policies for harvesting oil and coal, and running nuclear plants. Solar Tours are a collaboration of unprecedented proportion to help Americans address the growing need for clean electricity and transportation. The tours demonstrate an array of effective, practical and economical solutions available right here, right now.”
ABOUT GOLDEN EARTH DAYS:
Since 1990, Golden Earth Days (GED) has conducted its mission of promoting and demonstrating greater environmental awareness and appreciation in the greater Golden area. This has been achieved largely through educational and volunteer action-oriented efforts including public outreach, coordinating large- and small scale canyon clean-up efforts in Clear Creek Canyon, tree plantings in the Golden area, and ongoing Clear Creek Trail planning. As a Colorado non-profit, our small yet mighty grassroots organization “walks the talk” when it comes to sustainability. www.goldenearthdays.org
ABOUT 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
Participants need to register at American Mountaineering Center at 710 10th Street in Golden.
A TOUR RECEPTION
with complimentary Colorado wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres will be held the evening prior, on Friday, October 5, 5pm to7pm, also at the American Mountaineering Center. Both events will feature GREEN EXPO: Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Exhibits, Workshops and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Round-Up. The Golden Tour of Solar Homes costs $5 per adult, and both the reception and tour are open to the public. Learn more at www.GoldenSolarTour.org