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Illinois Solar Tour Oct. 3 features Fox Valley homes, church

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  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin has photovoltaic solar installation on the roof. It is one of the stops on the Illinois Solar Tour Saturday, Oct. 3.

    Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin has photovoltaic solar installation on the roof. It is one of the stops on the Illinois Solar Tour Saturday, Oct. 3.
    Courtesy of Solar Service, Inc.

 
American Solar Energy Society

See renewable energy systems in action. The Illinois Solar Tour is a free self-guided, statewide open house that demonstrates how Illinois homes and businesses are using solar, wind, and geothermal to become energy independent.

There is a host site to visit in your neighborhood. Stop by the McVay residence at 641 Maple Lane in Batavia, Unitarian Universalist Church, 39W830 Highland Ave. in Elgin, the Killips residence at 715 N. Concord Drive in Bull Valley, Dieckhoff residence at 967 Barlina Road in Crystal Lake, or the Dudek residence at 14910 Route 176 in Woodstock.

They are recognized as a clean energy leaders for their participation on the 2015 Illinois Solar Tour. Stop by to learn about the solar technologies your neighbors are using to drastically reduce monthly energy bills, reduce harmful carbon emissions and enjoy tax credits and financial incentives as they improve their property values.

The Illinois tour is part of a national event coordinated by the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society.

The tour will allow communities across the country the opportunity to see new, innovative technologies locally that benefit the environment on a global level. The tour showcases real-life examples of how individuals are harnessing free energy from the sun to generate electricity, warm and cool their homes, heat water and slash monthly utility bills.

Illinois home and business owners with renewable energy installations will be providing tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.

Tour hosts will answer questions on how you too can harness the power of the sun and wind to fuel your home and business.

"The Illinois Solar Tour showcases real life examples of the practical, economic and environmental benefits of using clean power to fuel our everyday lives," said ISEA Executive Director Lesley McCain. "Now is a particularly exciting time for solar energy in Illinois as Springfield legislators consider Clean Jobs legislation that would boost opportunities across Illinois from city neighborhoods to rural farmlands."

This tour is free and open to the public. With more than 80 locations throughout Illinois, there is a Solar Tour host site near you.

To register for this free event, visit www.illinoissolartour.org.

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