If you’re a tour organizer, or would like to be, or have a high-efficiency home or business you’d like to showcase — then mark your calendar now for the first weekend of October. That’s when thousands of people will open their homes and offices across the country, to show their neighbors what distributed power and efficient design can do to reduce utility bills and clean up the Earth’s atmosphere.
The 2012 ASES National Solar Tour drew more than 90,000 people in 38 states to 578 registered Solar Tours. Nationally, there were over 9,000 sites people could visit to learn about renewable energy and building sustainably. A majority of the tours featured residential properties, with a third of the tours featuring commercial and municipal buildings as well. The National Solar Tour Sweepstakes brought in more than 1,300 new contacts for ASES. As the 2012 tour ramped up, many new organizers joined the National Solar Tour to showcase their own homes and communities, as well as many solar companies who organized their own tour based on their company’s installations. The Solar Tour raised $23,526 total between sponsors, donations, and a matching grant. This event is coordinated nationally by the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society in collaboration with dozens of outstanding partner organizations. It takes place annually during the first Saturday in October in conjunction with National Energy Awareness Month.
Established in 1954, the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the nation’s leading association of solar professionals & advocates. Our mission is to inspire an era of energy innovation and speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy. We advance education, research and policy.
Leading for more than 50 years
ASES leads national efforts to increase the use of solar energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies in the U.S. We publish the award-winning SOLAR TODAY magazine, organize and present the ASES National Solar Conference and lead the ASES National Solar Tour – the largest grassroots solar event in the world.