2017 Tour of Solar and Green Homes

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When: October 7-8, 11am to 5pm
Where: Various locations in Washington, DC
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Check out a few or all 45 homes on the 2017 Tour of Solar Homes and Green Homes which showcases the most green solar homes in the DC area!  These solar homes exemplify a remarkable variety of solar design, technology and sustainable living concepts. Each touring day has a variety of unique educational opportunities to put a true environmental “spin” on your experience.

The 2017 Tour Guide is downloadable from the solar tour website and is both your map and “passport” to the homes on the tour. The guide features descriptions and directions to the homes as well as helpful information, articles on solar home installation, grants and incentives as well as ads from the best area installers in the Washington DC area.

Check out the tour Facebook page for more info!

Solar Power Basics

  • Solar power harnesses the natural energy of the sun to produce electricity. Specifically, solar cells capture certain wavelengths of solar radiation and convert them to electricity for our homes, calculators, and more.
  • Photovoltaic cells in solar panels cause a reaction between photons and electrons on an atomic scale. When photons (light rays) collide with electrons, the electrons get catapulted loose. Then, the electrons are captured and channeled into usable electricity. Pretty neat, huh?
  • Photovoltaic cells are commonly made from different types of silicon.
  • Sunlight takes a little over eight minutes to reach Earth and a few seconds longer to make contact with your solar panels.
  • In the United States, solar panels need to face south to capture optimal sunlight.

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