(KCPW News) Utahns can get a close-up look at homes and businesses that use solar technology this Saturday on the 2009 Northern Utah Solar Tour. Levi Belnap, Executive Director of the Utah Solar Energy Association, says the event teaches people how installing solar energy technology is doable.
“You get to go in to a home, talk to the homeowner and the installer about their solar energy system, learn how much it cost, learn how much it’s saving them on their monthly and yearly power bills, and learn how they took advantage of tax credits,” he says.
The event will feature 24 locations along the Wasatch Front that use solar energy for both electricity and heating purposes.
Belnap says there will be a variety of different solar installations on the tour.
“Some people put them on their roof, when most people think of solar panels, they think of panels on your roof, but a number of these sites have pole-mounted solar panels, a pole in the backyard with the panels just mounted right on it with tracking systems that will follow the sun throughout the day,” says Belnap.
There will also be three free seminars on solar energy held on Saturday. To download a guidebook for the tour and find the location closest to you, visit the Solar Tour website. The Southern Utah Solar Tour will be held in two weeks.