2015 Maryland & DC Tour of Solar and Green Homes – FREE Download!

Download the booklet HERE! The Annual Solar Tour of Homes is organized by a staff of dedicated volunteers to educate the public on the positive aspects of solar energy and sustainable design. This year we have over 60 solar and green homes on tour (see map below). Homes are open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, […]

One Day in October

Originally published, 2014 Maryland Solar Tour guide by Ron Kaltenbaugh. The first weekend in October – little did I realize six years ago that this weekend would become so important to me. Discovering the solar tour has sent me down a path leading to many changes in my life, our house, our driving habits, and even […]

Neighbors Going Solar Together, Saving Money

Originally published, 2014 Maryland Solar Tour guide by Emily Stiever. Over the last year more than 500 homeowners from the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area have organized themselves into solar co-ops to go solar together and save money! Working with local non-profit Community Power Network (CPN), the co-op members leverage their collective buying power and […]

2014 Solar Tour Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors for the 2014 Solar & Green Home tour. Without their sponsorship we would not be able to produce the tour. Our Sponsors… Sustainable Design Group: The mission of Sustainable Design Group is to build homes and communities that are in complete harmony with man, nature and the spirit of the place. We […]

2014 Maryland Tour of Solar and Green Homes

The Annual Solar Tour of Homes is organized by a staff of dedicated volunteers to educate the public on the positive aspects of solar energy and sustainable design. This year we have 46 solar and green homes on tour. Homes are open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, October 4 and 5. Plan your trip in […]

2014 Tour Homes

1. Myersville, MD (address available in booklet) ABOUT THE HOME: This is a 3,300 square foot Net Zero Home, which means it produces as much energy than it uses. This home has a 10.5 kilowatt PV solar system with battery backup along with 4-(30 tube) solar thermal panels. With the energy efficiency upgrades they were […]

Solar in Maryland is Booming!

Maryland ranked number nine in the nation in terms of total installed capacity in 2012. We broke into the Top Ten, even though we are a small state. The previous year (2011) Maryland was 12th. In 2012, we more than doubled our installs from 2011 and put in 80 megawatts (MW) of capacity, passing up […]

State Solar Listserves: A Resource for All Things Solar

Interested in going solar but not sure where to start? Want to connect with other solar enthusiasts in your area? Then check out a solar network in your state!   Citizens in DC, MD, VA and WV have recently formed solar networks as part of an effort to build support for solar in their states. The […]

Campaign To Divest

In his June 25 climate address, President Obama stated: “Convince those in power to reduce our carbon pollution. Push your own communities to adopt smarter practices. Invest. Divest.” The Divest Montgomery County campaign aims to do that, and ultimately encourage installation of solar energy in the County and across the nation. The County’s Employee Retirement […]

Maryland Tour of Solar and Green Homes

The Annual Solar Tour of Homes is organized by a staff of dedicated volunteers to educate the public on the positive aspects of solar energy and sustainable design. This year we have over 48 solar and green homes on tour. Homes are open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, October 5 and 6. Plan your […]