September 30, 2012

Solar energy potential

According to Virginia Sierra Club, solar energy is one of the fastest growing sectors of the American economy, with more than 5,500 solar companies employing people in every state in the U.S. And . . . Virginia could meet almost 20% of its electric demand from solar energy.  Yet today that figure is much less than 1%.

Support these Solar Tours in your neck of the woods and at the same time support Virginia's hard-working solar businesses.

Hampton Roads Solar Tour, October 6 and 7

Saturday, Oct. 6, sites on the Southside (Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach) and Middle Peninsula (Gloucester) will be open.

Sunday, Oct. 7 sites on the Peninsula (Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg) will be open. Registration by web site ( or phone (757-214-6732) is required. The tour is free.

Richmond Solar Tour on October 6

Richmond BySolar hosts its annual Virginia Heatstore tour. It's part of the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) National Solar Tour, the world's largest grassroots solar event. Slated for October, 6, 2012 from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. at 5912 Long Street, Richmond, VA, the tour introduces Richmond residents to the solar technologies their friends and neighbors are using to 1) slash monthly energy bills, 2) improve property values, 3) realize tax credits as they 4) assert their energy independence and 5) create a cleaner community.

Shenandoah Valley Solar Tour on October 6

On Oct. 6, enjoy a self-guided tour of various homes and small businesses throughout the Shenandoah Valley in Virgina (I-81 corridor), including properties in Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Augusta County, Waynesboro, Staunton, and the Roanoke Region.  Visit for more information.

Metro D.C. Solar Tour on October 6 and 7

Celebrate the 22nd Annual Metro Washington, D.C. Tour of Solar and Green Homes. Over 70 solar and green homes are on tour for 2012 and . Homes are open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Oct. 6 and 7, 2012. Visit