Media Inquiries

Media inquiries related to the National Solar Tour can be directed to solartour@ases.org. Additional information on specific tour sites and locations can also be obtained through local ASES chapters.

What is the National Solar Tour?

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Solar tour at California Academy of Sciences; BIPV solar awning.

The National Solar Tour is the world’s largest grassroots solar event.  In 2016, it featured more than 5,500 tour sites made possible by home and business owners, volunteers, solar installers, public officials and grassroots organizations who put out the welcome mat and make open house tours of energy efficient and solar-powered buildings available to the public.  The sheer numbers of those involved–and the enthusiasm and participation the tour gains each year–make the National Solar Tour more than an event; it’s a movement.

When does the National Solar Tour occur?

October 2017. Most local tours are either on a Saturday or a full weekend in October in neighborhoods nationwide. Some tours (like Alaska’s) take place earlier in the year to avoid inclement weather. Others are scheduled on different dates so as not to conflict with perennial local events.

Where does the National Solar Tour take place?

Tours are scheduled in 50 U.S. states, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Note: Don’t see a tour in your area? Consider organizing one! And please check back as many tour organizers are in the planning stages and have yet to register their tours.

Who participates in the National Solar Tour?

Solar tour; winery.

The National Solar Tour is organized by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). We’ve been in the business of educating Americans about the benefits and viability of solar energy for more than 60 years. But the engine that drives this movement is the more than 400 grassroots organizations, installers and non-profits who locally coordinate, sponsor and promote these open houses. In addition, the home and business owners who share their personal stories and solar experiences while educating others about the benefits of energy-efficient living make this event a success.

Why does the National Solar Tour matter?

There are many reasons why solar energy matters. Billions of dollars have been invested to drive energy independence, national security and job creation. Renewable energy allows homeowners to drastically reduce their monthly energy bills and benefit from various financial incentives. The solar and renewable energy industry creates jobs that are outpacing many traditional sectors of America’s economy. The National Solar Tour keeps these conversations current and helps inspire citizens to have a voice in how they get their energy. The Tour educates people about energy issues, the challenges we face and the sustainable solutions we have within reach.