Solar United Neighbors teams up with ASES to launch nation’s largest tour of solar homes

By Ben Delman on June 6, 2018

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and Solar United Neighbors are proud to announce the largest annual grassroots solar event will take place in neighborhoods nationwide the weekend of October 6-7. The National Solar Tour will empower people across the country to learn about solar technology and the process of going solar from their friends and neighbors. The National Solar Tour is the largest grassroots solar event in the nation.

“The National Solar Tour inspires people across the country to make sustainable energy choices,” said Carly Rixham, ASES Executive Director. “Going solar allows people to reduce costs, support energy independence, protect against power outages, and reduce carbon emissions.”

The 2018 edition of the National Solar Tour marks its 23rd Anniversary. This is the first time Solar United Neighbors has participated in the effort. This year’s tour will also be the first to host solar open houses in every state with a goal of engaging more than 50,000 people attending and hosting as part of the Tour.

“Solar brings people together,” said Anya Schoolman, Solar United Neighbors Executive Director. “We’re excited to partner with ASES to expand the reach of this great opportunity to learn about solar.”

Solar homeowners shows off their solar home and electric vehicle to an interested audience.

ASES is the nation’s leading association of renewable energy professionals and advocates. It has regional chapters in 41 states and the District of Columbia. It publishes the award-winning SOLAR TODAY magazine, and the e-newsletter Solar@Work for renewable energy professionals. It also hosts the ASES National Solar Conference, which will take place in August in Boulder, Colorado.

Solar United Neighbors helps people go solar, join together, and fight for their energy rights. It helps thousands of people go solar every year through bulk purchases known as “solar co-ops” as well as through a paid membership programs. Members receive on-going support for their solar system, discounts to businesses that have solar, and join a community of solar supporters to ensure their investment in solar is protected.

Solar homeowners interested in hosting a solar open house as part of the Tour, as well as those interested in finding local solar open houses on the Tour in their area can sign up to participate at: