Acterra and SunWork bring you an exciting FREE opportunity to learn more about how solar energy and other innovations can be used to reduce home energy use.
The day will start at 11:00 am with tours of the EcoHome, EVs and info on solar and energy conservation. At 11:30 there will be a one-hour information session at the Girl Scout House in Rinconada Park, Palo Alto where you will receive a map for the tour. The information session will be held again at 1 pm. Tour map is available during the information session.
The Girl Scout House is located off of Middlefield Road, behind the Lucie Stern (Children's) Theater.
The info session will review what a “net-zero energy home” means as well as how solar electric (photovoltaic) systems work, the financial and environmental benefits, and how to pursue a project for your own home. Learn about the City of Palo Alto's PV rebate program and how to take advantage of Federal solar tax credits. To maximize your benefits from the session, participants are encouraged to bring your average monthly cost kilowatt-hour usage to the workshop.
Beginning at 1 pm, you are invited to take a self-guided tour of seven local homes including a net-zero energy house and a passive home. At each house, you can speak to the owners about the various methods they use to reduce their energy bills. In addition, there will be many EV and plug-in vehicles to check out!
Selected homes open until 5pm. EcoHome open from 11am to 4pm.
Free copies of the Solar Energy Resource Guide will be available as well (quantities limited).
Please consider bringing a bag lunch to enjoy in the park before leaving on your tour. Most of the tour is bikable and parking limited. Carpooling is encouraged too.
**Starting in 2020, a new California law will require all new residential construction in California to be net-zero energy, so those considering a new house will want to learn about energy efficiency technologies to help achieve that goal.
This tour is part of the American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Tour and co-sponsored by City of Palo Alto Utilities, Bay Area Climage Collaborative, NorCal Solar, the Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter and World Centric.