Green and Solar Home Tour held Oct. 16

Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:08 pm · By ASU News 

BOONE – High Country residents are invited to participate in the “Boone Green and Solar Home Tour” on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  The cost is $5 for students and $15 for the general public.   Some transportation will be provided but participants will be encouraged to car pool to drive to the various tour sites together.

Registration and the tour will start at Appalachian State University’s Solar Decathlon facility located at 1100 East King St. (the former Mitsubishi Dealership in the New Market area). Event coordinators will provide an overview of the tour and information on the various sites that will be visited.

The Boone tour is sponsored by Appalachian’s Sustainable Energy Society (ASUSES) and is part of the non-profit American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES’) Annual National Solar Tour, the world’s largest grassroots solar event.  It is one of hundreds of tours sponsored by grassroots organizations and solar installers throughout the United States that afford participants the direct perspectives of businesses, home owners and installers about the costs, processes and benefits of going solar.

The schedule is as follows:

8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Morning Reception (Breakfast Snacks and Refreshments) Tour Registration, Information distributed

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Introduction to the 2010 Green and Solar Home Tour, Tour of Solar Decathlon (National Competition of Solar Homes in Washington, D.C.)

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Travel to and tour 4 homes. Optional:  Go by LEED® certified Watauga High School & Methane Gas Generation Project

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. Travel back to Appalachian’s Solar Decathlon facility

ASUSES has been coordinating the tour for 15 years.  “Local green builders and the Sustainable Energy Society at Appalachian have been conducting the solar tour in the area since the early 1980s and this is our 15th event,” said Brian Crutchfield, one of the tour coordinators.

“While it has long been our goal to find the most interesting and educational of homes for our tour, this year we have reached a new pinnacle: we have two LEED® certified homes, a unique ‘Dual Envelope’ passive solar home and a traditional home that has been retrofitted with a 5 kW photovoltaic system and solar hot water heating system.  We will also go by the new LEED® certified Watauga High School and the Watauga County Landfill Methane Gas Generation Project where the major features of these facilities will be discussed,” he said.