Solar Home Tour Sat. Oct. 7th
From: Florida Neighborhood Cohousing (
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2006 15:45:59 -0700 (PDT)
                                 CENTRAL FLORIDA SOLAR TOUR
                 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2006            
            Below is information on how you can attend the 2006 National Solar 
Tour in the Central Florida area. On Saturday, October 7th, thousands of 
solar-powered homes and buildings in 44 states will be open for public tours as 
part of the 11th annual American Solar Energy Society?s National Solar Tour. 
Here in Central Florida there will be ten homes available at seven different 
sites. The National Solar Tour offers an opportunity to see how your neighbors 
are putting reliable solar power and other energy efficient technologies to 
work. Come meet the homeowners and see how they have made solar energy a part 
of their lives. Learn how the important new Florida rebates and a 30% Federal 
Tax Credit can help you do the same.
             The Tour 
            This is a self-guided tour. Below is a list of the homes that are 
on the tour with their addresses and links to Mapquest directions. We recommend 
you choose the home or homes you would most like to visit. Download the 
Mapquest map and directions and just show up within the times listed on 
Saturday, October 7th. The homeowners will meet you and be available to talk 
about their solar systems. There will also be a solar contractor or other 
representative of the solar industry at each site to help answer technical 
questions and provide information on the current government incentives. The 
homes will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To give our hosts an opportunity 
for a lunch break, we ask that there be no visitors from 12:30 to 1:30.
              Maps and Directions
             We recommend that you take the time to review each map to your 
selected sites before heading out on your tour. Take advantage of the zoom 
option in Mapquest to obtain the detail you may need. You may also want to 
insert a different starting address to get directions that better suit your 
driving route. Print the map and directions along with the additional 
information below to take with you. When you get near the location, look for a 
bright orange Solar Tour yard sign. There will be one in front of each home. 
            The 2006 Solar Home Sites
             Santiago residence
                           633 Quail Lake Drive, Debary
             Map and directions
              Solar features: 3.5 kilowatt photovoltaic system, solar hot 
water, solar pool heater, solar skylights
              Industry consultant: Solar Direct
            Lu residence
                          1728 Carlton Road, Longwood
             Map and directions
             Solar features: 3 kilowatt photovoltaic building-integrated 
system, straight grid-tied
             Industry Consultant: AllSolar Services 
            Wagner residence
                          195 Holderness Drive, Longwood
             Map and Directions
             Solar features: 1.2 kilowatt photovoltaic system, solar hot water
             Industry consultant: Solar Ray 
            Smith residence
                          1690 Oneco Avenue, Winter Park
             Map and directions
             Solar features: solar hot water, Energy Star home (meets high 
standards in energy efficiency)
             Industry consultant: Rob Smith (certified energy rater)
                          Stonerock residence
                          1306 Woodland Street, Orlando
             Map and directions
 Solar features: 5.4 kilowatt photovoltaic system, grid-tied with battery 
backup, 2 solar hot water heaters, solar pool heater
             Industry consultant: Orlando Utility Commission 
                         Nixon residence
                          315 Thornton Lane, Orlando
             Map and directions
                          Solar features: 6 kilowatt photovoltaic system, 
grid-tied with battery back-up, solar hot water
             Industry consultant: AllSolar Services
            The Solar Neighborhood - A Cul-de-sac in Keystone Pointe in St. 
               Villamil residence, Jackson rersidence, Devriendt residence, and 
Bellucci residence
                          3118, 3119, 3120, & 3121 Keystone Pointe Court, St. 
             Map and directions
              Solar features: all homes have builder-installed solar hot water
              Industry Consultant: AllSolar Services
            Additional Information
             Click on the links below to download more information to assist 
you on your Solar Tour.
            2006 Central Florida Solar Tour Guide
            Solar Electric Basics
            Solar Hot Water Basics
            Rebates and Tax Credits for Solar Energy
             If you have any questions or comments regarding the tour, please 
call (352) 241-4733 or email us at info [at]
             Open House at the Florida Solar Energy Center on October 6th
            On October 6, the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) in Cocoa will 
open its doors to the public as a part of the National Solar Tour. Tours have 
been scheduled on the hour from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. FSEC is a research 
institute of the University of Central Florida, located at 1679 Clearlake Road 
on UCF?s Cocoa campus, shared with Brevard Community College.
            Tours will last about 50 minutes.  Visitors will have an 
opportunity to explore the Energy Center and its many energy-saving strategies. 
 The building is one of the most energy-efficient commercial buildings in the 
United States. Tour guides will point out how easily many of these features can 
be adopted by homeowners and businesses to make their buildings more 
             Visitors will be given an insider?s view of the wide range of 
research projects conducted at FSEC on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Buildings and 
Energy Efficiencies, Environment, Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal and Alternative 
Transportation Systems. The Energy Education Department will conduct hands-on 
experiments.  Visitors with groups larger than 10 are asked to contact the 
Energy Center prior to October 3 to make special arrangements for their groups. 
(Call FSEC Public Affairs Office at (321) 638-1015.)
             The Florida Solar Energy Center is the largest and most active 
state-supported energy research center in the country.  Current research 
activities include solar water and pool heating, solar electric and distributed 
generation systems, energy-efficient buildings, alternative transportation 
systems, hydrogen fuel, fuel cells and other energy areas.  For more 
information about the center, visit  

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