2010 Oregon Green and Solar Tours a great success!
October 12, 2010
The last of 14 state-wide green and solar home tours recently wrapped-up. This years' annual Oregon Green and Solar Tour featured the exceptionally green designs of over a hundred buildings from all across the state. Together the tour hosts invited thousands of interested Oregonians into their homes and businesses, to get a peek behind the curtain of their green and solar strategies.
The state tour is held each year in conjunction with the ASES National Solar Tour - now in it's 15th year. While the official date of this years' National Solar Tour was Saturday October 2nd, Oregon Green and Solar Tour organizers held events as early as Saturday, May 8th and as recently as Saturday, October 9th.
The 2010 Oregon Green and Solar Tour enjoyed the support of its generous sponsors: Energy Trust of Oregon, SolarWorld, and the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.
While the specific numbers and details of each local tour is still being collected and dissected, it is clear that every community that hosts a tour greatly enhances local interest in green and solar strategies.
In John Day on Saturday Sept 25th, tour goers enjoyed perfect weather while they learned about energy audits and passive solar solutions. They were also treated to the innovative nuances of an off-grid home as well an owner-built solar hot water system.
Theirs wasn't the only tour to generate interest in innovative designs. The Eugene Solar And Green Homes Tour, held on Sunday October 3rd, featured a home made almost completely out of recycled materials; while the Salem Green And Solar Home Tour showcased the first home certified by the 'Passive House Institute US' in the Pacific Northwest. That home, which is so well-insulated and air-tight that is primarily heated by passive solar gain and by internal heat gains from people and electrical equipment, is only one of 13 found across the country.
New to this years tour was the Pendleton Solar Tour. Fresh off of a very successful Solarize program, Pendleton's tour was held in conjunction with 'Solar Now! University', an event designed to provide local organizers with the tools and strategies to advance solar in their communities.
All in all the Oregon Green and Solar Tours is just one more example of how a focused group of dedicated people can help to advance some of the most important issues we face - energy conservation, efficiency and generation. Next year's tour is sure to build on all of the great successes of this year's terrific tour. Congratulations and thanks to all of this years sponsors, organizers, hosts, volunteers, and attendees. Keep up the great work!
2010 Oregon Green and Solar Tour Coordinator