SunWorks Solar and the National Solar Tour
Sunworks Solar will be making several solar homes and business open to the public this Saturday, October 5th, from 10 am to 4 pm as part of the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) 18th Annual, National Solar Tour, the world’s largest grassroots solar event.
The tour offers participants the opportunity to view homes and buildings and see how their neighbors are using solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies to reduce their monthly utility bills and help tackle climate change.
Residents interested in exploring the solar properties that will open around Jacksonville this Saturday are encouraged to begin at Sunworks Solar’s headquarters at 5191 Shawland Rd. Jacksonville FL 32254. Here they can receive maps of the properties participating in the tour and listen to a presentation on the state of the solar industry in Jacksonville.
An increasing focus of the tour is on energy-saving techniques and sustainability through building design, energy efficient appliances, and use of green materials during remodeling. Tours also provide helpful, real-world examples of costs and how to save money with federal, state, and local incentives.
Ultimately the tour inspires people across the nation to make sustainable energy choices that help lower costs, support energy independence, protect against power outages, and reduce carbon emissions. SunWorks invites you to join the renewable energy revolution by participating in the National Solar Tour with us.
Jacksonville Solar Tour Locations
In Orange Park, behind THE GRAINERY, the office of Nelson Hellmuth, 1738 Kingsley Avenue
SunWorks installed a solar water heating system at Nelson Hellmuth’s home 24 years ago. Years later, we installed a photovoltaic system. Most recently, Nelson asked us to help him prove that it’s both possible and effective to rely entirely on solar energy. We installed solar thermal and solar electric at his office, making his building 100% solar powered and “off-grid.” While the economic savings are great, Nelson is most proud of his positive impact on the environment. At home and at the office, he has almost no carbon footprint. With absolutely no power bill at the office, his home bills run just $20 to $60 a month. He fully expects his solar equipment to continue providing free, low-maintenance energy for many decades to come.
Nelson drives an electric car powered by a solar battery charger, which will be on display. Other sustainable practices include passive geo-thermal heating and cooling, rainwater harvesting, waste composting and solar screens.
The Home of Trish Michaels, 327 Brooks Circle East
Trish Michaels has a zero energy system that covers most of her electric bills throughout the year. Her system includes solar air conditioning, solar hot water, pool heating and photo voltaic electric panels.
The Home of Neil Eastman, 412 Night Hawk Lane
Neil Eastman is a big believer in minimizing his electric bill, protecting the environment and reducing his carbon footprint. That’s how he became such a powerful advocate of solar power. In fact, he started a trend in his neighborhood by setting an example and encouraging others to go solar. Neil turned to SunWorks Solar because of “their depth of knowledge and installation experience.” SunWorks installed Neil’s PV system and solar water heater. And because of his glowing recommendation, SunWorks has become the chosen solar installer in his neighborhood.
Neil couldn’t be happier with the payback — he saved over two thousand dollars on his electric bill last year. But it’s not just about the money. Neil loves knowing he has stability in the otherwise unpredictable world of rising utility costs. Mr. Eastman is experiencing the savings potential of solar water heating and solar electric / photovoltaic technology. SunWorks installed a 5kW (kilowatt) photovoltaic system on Mr. Eastman’s home, consisting of Sanyo PV modules. His solar water heating system includes AET solar panels and an 80-gallon water tank.
Here’s the link to the Google Map with locations throughout the Jacksonville Metro area for the National Solar Tour.
For more information on the National Solar Tour, call SunWorks Solar at 904-731-2099.Posted in Residential on October 3, 2010.