About the DFW Solar Tour

 

What is the DFW Solar Tour?

The DFW Solar Tour is a free, one-day event on Saturday, October 1, 2016, generally from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during which you are invited to tour innovative green homes and buildings around the DFW Metroplex and learn how homeowners and businesses can use solar energy, wind energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies.

The 7th annual DFW Solar Tour is organized by the non-profit North Texas Renewable Energy Group (www.ntreg.org ) in cooperation with  the Texas Solar Energy Society (www.txses.org ) and the American Solar Energy Society (www.ases.org ) National Solar Tour.

When is the Tour?

The DFW Solar Tour is a one-day event on Saturday, October 1, 2016
Tour Hours:  Generally speaking, tour hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but times may vary at the discretion of the tour host, so check the individual site hours before you arrive (non-standard tour times are indicated in red). Visit our Locations page and follow the links for each host site to see it's visiting hours along with maps, directions, brief property description and photos provided by the host site.

What does it cost ?

The DFW Solar Tour is free of charge.

Solar Tour Etiquette

Visitors are guests, please be courteous and polite. Tour hours are generally 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please don’t arrive early or late or come on any day other than the Tour date.  Remember, tour hours may vary at some sites so it is important to check the individual tour host page on the DFW Solar Tour website to confirm visiting hours before you get started, non-standard tour times are indicated in red. There are no public restroom facilities at tour sites. Practice the Golden Rule and everything will work out great.

What is the National Solar Tour?

The 20th annual National Solar Tour is the world's largest grassroots solar event.  The tour is organized by the non-profit American Solar Energy Society (ASES).   The tour offers people the opportunity to visit innovative green homes and buildings to see how they can use solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies to reduce monthly utility bills and help reduce their impact on precious resources like air, water and energy. More than 165,000 participants will visit some 5,500 buildings in 3,200 communities across the U.S.

What is the difference between the ASES National Solar Tour and the NTREG DFW Solar Tour?

The North Texas Renewable Energy Group is a local organizer of the ASES National Solar Tour. Think of NTREG as a local franchise of ASES. Both are nonprofit organizations. 

About your Tour Hosts

Tour hosts have opened their homes and business to share their renewable energy and conservation knowledge and experiences with the public free of charge.  The aim is to demonstrate the variety of ways that people can reduce utility costs, conserve resources, live healthy lifestyles, make their own electricity and more.

Disclaimer of Liability

Tour-goers are advised that they participate in the tour at their own risk and assume full responsibility for their behavior or actions:  NTREG and related parties will not beheld liable for any injury, fatality, damage or property loss that may occur. 

How will this event promote solar/renewable and energy efficiency in Texas?

The DFW Solar Tour will educate the public on energy conservation, solar, wind, geothermal, and other renewable energy options available to homeowners and businesses by allowing them to see actual operating installations and talk to the homeowners about their experiences and level of satisfaction. In some locations tour participants will also be able to speak with vendors and installers and ask specific questions. In addition, many homes on the tour will be chosen to provide examples of energy-efficient renovations, green/sustainable design, and the use of green materials during construction or remodeling so that tour participants can get an idea of the variety of green options available to them. 

Who makes the DFW Solar Tour possible?

The DFW Solar Tour is made possible by volunteers and sponsors. Our volunteers do everything from planning the event to opening their homes and businesses to the public to spending a few hours helping out at a tour location. We are always looking for volunteers, so come join us and have some fun promoting and learning about renewable energy!

Our Sponsors provide the backing to make the tour possible. Whether they are an individual or a business donating just a few dollars or becoming a major underwriter for the tour, we are very grateful to all of our sponsors. Visit our Sponsorship page to learn more about how you can support the tour.