The 2012 9th Annual Houston Solar Tour is a self-guided tour that offers visitors the opportunity to learn about solar energy systems, energy-efficiency and sustainable building technologies by visiting residences and businesses in the Houston area that use these technologies in real world applications.
The Houston Solar Tour is a self-guided driving tour. There are a few ways to view the project sites. You can either look over the Tour project site locations online, gather a few friends to carpool with and start visiting the projects that interest you starting at 9 am. Tour sites are open from 9 am to 1 pm.
Save gas and take the bus – We are happy to offer 4 buses that tour selected sites. Buses leave from Hermann Square, Downtown near City Hall. Plan to arrive by 8:30 so the buses can leave on time. Buses will return to Hermann Square about 1:30; you can enjoy Energy Day visit Energy Day afterwards.
You can also get LEED or AIA continuing education hours – the bus tour will earn 4 credits!
Get your tickets now: Houston Solar Tour Bus tickets
At the end of your self-guided tour, swing by Tranquility Park downtown and enjoy Energy Day 2012, a day-long event festival. Fun for the entire family, meet companies and organizations of Houston’s renewable energy community to learn and interact on the latest in solar and other sustainable activities. This is event is hosted by the Consumer Energy Alliance, CEA.
The Solar Tour’s mission is to raise awareness of solar energy and provide an opportunity for the public to see working solar systems in action. The organizers, made up of Houston’s dedicated green leadership, seek to ins
pire individuals to make sustainable energy choices. We can all benefit from lower utility costs, energy independence, protection from power outages and reduced carbon emissions. Solar energy systems highlighted during the tour include active solar systems: PV, solar hot water and solar pool heaters. In conjunction with National Energy Awareness Month, the Houston Solar Tour is one of the many similar tours taking place on the same day across the U.S.. The Houston Solar Tour is part of the national initiative of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and other groups with the objective of promoting renewable energy and energy independence.
The Houston Solar Tour is made possible by the efforts of the dedicated Board of Directors and Team Members, as well as, the Houston Solar Tour partners. Our partners are an essential part of the tour. Please stop by the Solar Social and see who has helped us!
DON’T FORGET TO PICK UP YOUR 2012 TOUR PROGRAM GUIDE, available at any one of the Tour project sites. Want to pick up the guide early? - THE TOUR GUIDE IS NOW AVAILABLE AT ONE GREEN STREET, 3423 White Oak Dr Houston, TX 77007 during business hours.