Hampton Roads Green Building Council Hosts Solar Tour

Press Release
August 12, 2010

Hampton Roads Green Building Council Hosts Solar Tour in Support of World's Largest Grassroots Solar Event

Homes, Schools & Businesses Participating in 15th Annual ASES National Solar Tour to Help Hampton Roads Residents Cut Energy Costs, Enjoy Tax Credits & Assert Their Energy Independence

(HAMPTON ROADS, VA)���The Hampton Roads Green Building Council's Homes Committee is joining the non-profit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) to showcase solar-powered and sustainable homes, public buildings and businesses in the Hampton Roads area. This will be at least the 4th such tour in this area, and the 15th nationally; the world's largest grassroots solar event in which more than 5,000 sites nationwide will participate.

The event ��� slated locally for September 25 & 26, 2010 ��� is designed to introduce solar and sustainable living technologies available to 1) drastically reduce monthly energy bills, 2) reduce harmful carbon emissions, and 3) enjoy tax credits and cash incentives to improve your property values. The tour participant will have the opportunity to experience in person a wide variety of approaches, including solar-generated electricity, solar hot water, geothermal heat pumps, wind power, day-lighting, and high-efficiency buildings. Many sites will have experts and homeowners on hand to explain the technologies, describe cost and payback, and attest to daily operating experience.

In the wake of the Gulf oil spill it has become even more of critical importance to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels by switching to more sustainable methods of building and powering our homes and businesses. The Tour is an ideal opportunity to learn about these clean, job-creating energy options that provide tax breaks, lower energy bills, and cleaner communities.

On the weekend of September 25 & 26, approximately 20 homes and businesses in the greater Hampton Roads area will be available to tour. On Saturday (9/25) sites on the Southside will be open, and on Sunday (9/26) Peninsula sites will be open. All sites will be accessible by self-guided touring. A limited number of seats will also be available for a nominal fee on guided tour buses which will visit a selection of the sites on the tour.

Registration for the Tour and details of the sites to be open and their features and locations will be available at our web site (www.hrsolartour.com) starting August 1 or by sending an email to Hampton Roads Green Building Council at advocacy@hrgbc.org. You can also reach us through the national tour web site (www.nationalsolartour.org) by selecting "click to find a tour" and then zooming in to Virginia on the map.

The Hampton Roads Green Building Council is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council serving the Greater Hampton Roads area. Our vision is one of a transformed Hampton Roads in which the principles of sustainable planning, design, construction and operations are accepted, normal and achieved for the benefit of the public and the environment. HRGBC seeks to promote sustainable building practices in our region through educational programming and endorsement of the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED��) green building rating system. www.hrgbc.org.

For more than 50 years the American Solar Energy Society has been leading the renewable energy revolution. It is the nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the use of solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies across the U.S. ASES leads national efforts to promote solar energy education, public outreach, and advocacy. www.ases.org.

National sponsors for the 2010 Solar Tour are: CONERGY, Sun Crystals, Trina Solar, SANYO, SOLAR TODAY, and FindSolar.

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