National Solar Tour Expecting 150,000 Participants

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is bringing together more than 5,000 homeowners, public agencies and businesspeople across the U.S. to introduce as many as 150,000 citizens to solar energy technologies as part of its 13th annual National Solar Tour, one of the largest grassroots solar event in the history of the U.S.

The National Solar Tour features property-owners who open their doors to share how they are using the latest solar technologies to reduce monthly energy bills, reduce carbon emissions and benefit from tax credits and cash incentives as they improve their property values.  

“The National Solar Tour is the nation’s largest collection of solar customers ready to buy,” said Neal Lurie, director of marketing for ASES. “Participants come in curious, but they leave convinced ready to go solar.”

According to survey results from last year’s National Solar Tour, 76% of participants said they are definitely or very likely to invest in solar or energy efficient technology after the tour, compared to 50% before the tour. Last year’s National Solar Tour attracted more than 115,000 people in 2,900 communities in 46 U.S. states.

The National Solar Tour will take place on Saturday, October 4, 2008 in most locations in conjunction with National Solar Energy Awareness Month, which is October. Details on specific dates and times of tours across the nation can be found at

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