Illinois Residents Will ‘Be Solar Inspired’ by Attending the World’s Largest Solar Energy Event on Saturday October 1st

Chicago IL–(ENEWSPF)–August 22, 2011   Be solar inspired! View renewable energy systems in action!  The Illinois Solar Tour is a FREE self-guided, statewide event that demonstrates how Illinois homes and businesses are using solar, wind, geothermal, passive solar design, and energy efficiency to become energy independent.

Renewable energy system owners and installers will be providing tours on Saturday, October 1st from 10 am to 3 pm.  Tour guides will answer questions on how you can harness the power of the sun and wind to fuel your home and business. Learn how you too can reduce your monthly utility bills, increase property values, and be part of the energy solution.

In the Chicagoland area, tour participants will have the opportunity to meet with homeowners who not only power their homes with renewable energy but also have installed electric vehicle charging stations to power their cars!

Area business owners will be interested to see how businesses have reduced their bottom line with renewable energy systems. View a car dealership that is powered by five wind turbines and a solar installation, a laundromat that pays nothing for its hot water and a farm that harvests the sun and wind along with its crops.

In Central Illinois the Kendall family, located in Eureka, explain their reason for installing their solar systems; “We like to be close to our sources of food and energy. Harvesting sunlight with our PV and hot water systems makes good sense to us, like growing our food in our gardens and harvesting firewood from our lands.” Visit this homeowner and others who are enjoying the benefits and peace of mind of being energy independent

To register for this free event and download a guidebook visit  Solar Tour guidebooks are also available in the September edition of Mindful Metropolis Magazine, available at 600 locations in Illinois including Whole Foods. 

About the Illinois Solar Energy Association

Established in 1975 The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the widespread application of renewable energy through education and advocacy.  As the Illinois chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, ISEA is the local resource for educational classes, events, renewable energy related policy developments, local news and access to local renewable energy vendors.  For more information about the Illinois Solar Tour, please visit

About the American Solar Energy Society
For more than 50 years the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) has been leading the renewable energy revolution to advance the use of solar and renewable energy. ASES leads national efforts to promote solar energy education, public outreach, and advocacy. The ASES National Solar Tour is the world’s largest grassroots solar event. More than 160,000 participants will visit some 5,500 buildings in 3,200 communities across the U.S.  The event takes place annually during the first Saturday in October, in conjunction with National Energy Awareness Month. The National Solar Tour is expected to run in all 50 states this year. A complete list of scheduled events may be found at

For more information contact: Lesley McCain @[email protected] 847-924-7359