Accelerating the Transition to a Sustainable Energy Economy

19th Annual ASES National Solar Tour to be held October 4-5

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is proud to announce that the largest annual grassroots solar event in the nation will be taking place at the beginning of next month - October 4-5, 2014. Attending the tour will allow communities across the country the opportunity to see new and innovative technologies locally that will benefit the environment on a global level. Americans have a voice in how they get their energy. Visiting homes on the tour will allow visitors to learn, engage and be a part of the solution to current energy challenges.

The ASES National Solar Tour is the largest grassroots solar event in the nation, involving over 150,000 participants and 5,000 solar-energy sites nationwide.

It offers the opportunity to informally tour innovative green homes and buildings, and see how solar energy can be used efficiently. The tour hopes to continue to inspire people across the nation to make sustainable energy choices that reduce costs, support energy independence, protect against power outages, and reduce carbon emissions.

This is a chance to see affordable and practical technologies, in local neighborhoods, that benefit the environment and are part of the solution to the nation's energy challenges.

Those interested in solar energy should please consider visiting a business or resident participating in the National Solar Tour to learn more.

This event is coordinated nationally by the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society in collaboration with dozens of outstanding partner organizations. It takes place annually during the first Saturday in October in conjunction with National Energy Awareness Month.

"Sustainable living is not only good for the planet, it's good for our wallets," said Ed Begley, Jr., "The National Solar Tour offers families an opportunity to have meaningful conversations with friends and neighbors who're reaping the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency each and every day. It's a great way to get an up-close and personal perspective on how easy it can be to live the green life and how rewarding. " - Ed Begley, Jr.

To find local event information, please go to

Those interested in being a tour organizer, or those who own a high-efficiency home or business they'd like to showcase please mark your calendar for the first weekend of October when thousands of people will open their homes and offices across the country.

Organizers who would like to be listed nationally, please contact Carly Rixham at

About the American Solar Energy Society

Established in 1954, the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the nation's leading association of renewable energy professionals and advocates. ASES is the United States Section of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). Our mission is to speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy. 


ASES publishes the award-winning SOLAR TODAY magazine, and the newsletters Solar@Work (for renewable energy professionals) and Solar Citizen (for renewable energy advocates).

We organize and present the ASES National Solar Conference, and publish its Proceedings.

We lead the ASES National Solar Tour the largest grassroots solar event in the world.

We bring the Solar and Renewable Energy Communities Together with:

Regional chapters in 41 states and the District of Columbia

7 Student Chapters at colleges across the country

9 Technical Divisions, with academic and engineering members from all disciplines, to serve as a clearing house for basic research across all renewable-energy and energy-efficiency technologies

Media Contact: Carly Rixham, American Solar Energy Society,

SOURCE: American Solar Energy Society

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