This year we’re kicking off the tour with a FREE breakfast hosted by Texas Solar Outfitters at their facility, centrally located at 705 Shepherd Dr, just south of Washington Ave. Stop in for breakfast tacos and coffee from El Reys, learn about the current economics, and then get your hands on all the components and equipment that turns sunshine into electricity!
Also, this year the tour is going back to it’s roots, with a totally self guided tour. There will be no buses and no energy day.
The 2013 10th 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.
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 inspire 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!