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ASES NA TIONAL SOL AR T OUR WELCOME Find a Local Tour Near You The ASES National Solar Tour is held in most neighborhoods in October, but tours can be organized any time of year. See tour listings at nationalsolartour.org. See Solar in Your Neighborhood By CARLY RIXHAM A merican Solar Energy Society (ASES) is taking it to the streets with our flagship event, the National Solar Tour. Thanks for going on tour with us! This year marks our 21st annual tour, which takes place in neighborhoods across the country during the month of October. (See opposite page for a listing of local tours.) The US Department of Energy also designates October as Energy Awareness month. The National Solar Tour is the world’s largest grassroots solar movement — where homes, businesses, schools, churches, and other organizations across the country open their doors and roofs to neighbors who are looking to learn more about how they can utilize renewable energy in their own lives and communities. From grassroots to grasstops, we can work together to be stewards of the planet. But we must act with haste. If you are thinking of going solar, now is the time. The 30% Investment Tax Credit has been extended, and legistlation has recently been proposed to offer tax credits for battery storage systems. I have a vision of 100 percent renewables globally by 2050. With the amount of renewables that are available to the grid, it is not a far stretch. This movement is being adopted by businesses, cities, and nations all over the world. Is your home next? Let’s start a conversation in our own backyard. The National Solar Tour demonstrates an array of practical and economical solutions available right here, right now. It encourages neighborhood conversations addressing the growing need for clean energy. We are also proud to announce that the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is taking place during next year’s tour in Denver, CO, October 5-15, 2017. If you are interested in being a volunteer for Solar Decathlon 2017, please contact volunteers@confluencec.com. Volunteering supports and celebrates the remarkable student teams that bring their solar-powered houses and passion to the Solar Decathlon. Thank you! This year’s National Solar Tour highlights many unique renewable energy features, net zero homes and other notable sights. Many homes have a trifecta of clean energy-for example, PV, geothermal, and an electric vehicle. What’s your trifecta? Grey water re-use? Rainwater harvesting? Composting toilet? The premise of the tour is to get neighbors talking about local incentives, local installers/contractors, local laws. Ask your neighbors about their monthly utility bills. Learn how much you can save while you help the planet. Research the options and discover your neighborhood’s best-kept solar secrets! Find out about the return on your investment with solar thermal, or solar electric options for zero money down in most states. Learn about sustainability, and best of all, get to know your neighbors! Carly Rixham is the Executive Director of ASES. Learn more about ASES — and join us today! — at ases.org. 2016 SPONSOR American Solar Energy Society Programs Executive Director carly rixham crixham@ases.org ASES National Solar Tour ases.org/tour SOLAR TODAY magazine solartoday.org ASES National Solar Conference, SOLAR 2015 ases.org/conference Editorial Elaine Hebert elaine@norcalsolar.org and Paulette middleton paulette@panaramapathways.net Advertising Jeff Bradley jbradley@ases.org (303)-947-6585 SOLAR TODAY (ISSN: 1042-0630) is published quarterly by the American Solar Energy Society, 2525 Arapahoe Ave, Suite E4-253, Boulder, Colorado 80302, 303.443.3130, info@ases.org, ases.org. Copyright © 2016 by the American Solar Energy Society Inc. All rights reserved. Sponsorships and Development Spring Hericks shericks@ases.org (720) 878-1352

See Solar In Your Neighborhood

Carly Rixham


Find a Local Tour Near You

The ASES National Solar Tour is held in most neighborhoods in October, but tours can be organized any time of year. See tour listings at nationalsolartour.org.

American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is taking it to the streets with our flagship event, the National Solar Tour. Thanks for going on tour with us!

This year marks our 21st annual tour, which takes place in neighborhoods across the country during the month of October. (See opposite page for a listing of local tours.) The US Department of Energy also designates October as Energy Awareness month. The National Solar Tour is the world’s largest grassroots solar movement — where homes, businesses, schools, churches, and other organizations across the country open their doors and roofs to neighbors who are looking to learn more about how they can utilize renewable energy in their own lives and communities.

This year’s National Solar Tour highlights many unique renewable energy features, net zero homes and other notable sights. Many homes have a trifecta of clean energy- for example, PV, geothermal, and an electric vehicle. What’s your trifecta? Grey water re-use? Rainwater harvesting? Composting toilet?

The premise of the tour is to get neighbors talking about local incentives, local installers/contractors, local laws. Ask your neighbors about their monthly utility bills. Learn how much you can save while you help the planet. Research the options and discover your neighborhood’s best-kept solar secrets! Find out about the return on your investment with solar thermal, or solar electric options for zero money down in most states. Learn about sustainability, and best of all, get to know your neighbors!

From grassroots to grasstops, we can work together to be stewards of the planet. But we must act with haste. If you are thinking of going solar, now is the time. The 30% Investment Tax Credit has been extended, and legistlation has recently been proposed to offer tax credits for battery storage systems.

I have a vision of 100 percent renewables globally by 2050. With the amount of renewables that are available to the grid, it is not a far stretch. This movement is being adopted by businesses, cities, and nations all over the world. Is your home next?

Let’s start a conversation in our own backyard. The National Solar Tour demonstrates an array of practical and economical solutions available right here, right now. It encourages neighborhood conversations addressing the growing need for clean energy.

We are also proud to announce that the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is taking place during next year’s tour in Denver, CO, October 5-15, 2017. If you are interested in being a volunteer for Solar Decathlon 2017, please contact volunteers@confluencec.com. Volunteering supports and celebrates the remarkable student teams that bring their solar-powered houses and passion to the Solar Decathlon. Thank you!

Carly Rixham is the Executive Director of ASES. Learn more about ASES — and join us today! — at ases.org.

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