The hippest energy happenings: Metro DC Solar Homes Tour

September 29, 2014
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Joyce Breiner is back this week with a new guest blog focusing on the annual Metro DC Solar and Green Homes Tour!

I hope everyone had a great time at last week’s National Drive Electric Week events! This week’s blog will focus on the Metro Washington, D.C. Tour of Solar and Green Homes: October 4 – 5, 2014. Visit over 50 Solar-Powered and Green Homes…for homeowners, green advocates, and smart investors, alike!


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What is the Solar and Green Homes Tour?

The 24th Annual Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Tour of Solar & Green Homes will be held on October 4th and 5th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This fall, green enthusiasts like you have the unique opportunity to view over 50 energy-efficient homes and solar arrays throughout D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

D.C. metro area residents will open their homes on the tour to showcase a variety of solar design, technology and sustainable living concepts, including solar electric (photovoltaic panels) and solar hot water systems, passive design, radiant heat, energy-efficient appliances, and energy-saving building construction techniques. Many homeowners also practice energy and water conservation measures, recycle and compost, and charge their energy efficient plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles from the solar panels on their homes! Nissan is cosponsoring the event and will have Nissan Leafs plugged-in at several homes on the tour.

Get your “passport” or Tour Guide for $5 at area MOM’s Organic Markets. This guide is your admission to the tour. Not only does it serve as a map with locations and directions to each home, but it provides a wealth of information on what’s hot in renewable energy: new technologies for residential homes, solar leasing, and the incentives and affordability of green systems. The guide can also be downloaded for free at


Solar Panels. Copyright mjmonty, Flickr

Photo courtesy of mjmonty, Flickr.

The Maryland Tour

A sister tour, the 5th Annual Maryland Tour of Solar and Green Homes, will highlight more than 35 green homes and buildings in Maryland from the Laurel area to Frederick and Washington Counties. The tour includes a variety of residential solar homes featuring many energy efficient improvements as well as renewable energy improved buildings and properties. The Maryland Tour Guide can be purchased for a tax-deductible $5 fee from participating distributors in Maryland.  In addition to the home descriptions, the guides vary in the info presented in that not all is repeated in each guide so from my perspective there’s good info for a reader in both guides.

For the latest information on both tours, like Solar Tour on Facebook or visit (Information courtesy of

Check out these sustainability choices – YOU can make a difference! I hope to see you at the Solar Homes Tour!

Joyce Breiner, Executive Director, Poolesville Green,

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