I am looking forward to visiting the Solar House tour on Saturday. The free self-guided tour is being organized by Solar San Antonio, a non-profit advocacy and resource center for renewable and sustainable energy applications. The tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 pm includes 10 homes and businesses. At each site the homeowner and a solar installer will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be exhibits and additonal infomation available at the tour stops. The Solar San Antonio website has a map and list of addresses for the tour sites.
I drove by one of the houses today that is located in the Churchill Estates subdivision near my son’s school. I could see something that might be solar panels peeking up from the side of the roof. Otherwise I would not have suspected that the house was solar powered. (I liked the red shutters too.)
Related to solar energy (although not really to San Antonio) I received an email newsletter today from the Rio Tinto Prize for Sustainability with a description of the Barefoot Women Solar Engineers of Africa. The Barefoot Women were named as a Finalist in the BBC World Challenge 2009.