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  • Budget Crunch: Green Ways to Save $75,000 was saved by installing a program on their computers to automatically shut them down at 5:30pm daily. An additional $500,000 was saved by adjusting the temperatures in their buildings. All of these changes are free or cost very little money.

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 solar tour 2015

Solar Energy is the Future!

The National Solar Tour is coming to Hampton Roads October 3 and 4, 2015

Local homeowners interested in solar energy have a great opportunity in October.
The Hampton Roads Solar Tour, now in its ninth year, will be held on
Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, 2015, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The
Central Tour Site is the Virginia Arts Festival building in downtown Norfolk at 440
Bank Street.

Clean and quiet, high-tech solar panels are generating electricity every day on
thousands of homes across Virginia. Solar panels are the ultimate home
improvement: saving money, increasing home value, and reducing our impact on the
environment. Homes powered by solar energy are pointing the way towards our new
energy future.

Solar energy means business growth for Hampton Roads. Solar Services, a Virginia
Beach-based solar company, has installed hundreds of solar systems in the area since
2001. Over the last ten years, the number of local solar companies has grown to
meet the burgeoning demand. The solar industry now employs more people in
Virginia than the coal industry. This business growth brings jobs, technology and a
positive economic impact to the Norfolk region. The Hampton Roads Solar Tour is
a chance to see local solar homes.

“Dozens of homes and businesses, from Williamsburg down the Peninsula, through
Norfolk and over to Virginia Beach, will be open for solar tours,” says Chad
Wilkins, one of the tour organizers. “We’ve got solar homes in Gloucester, the
Middle Peninsula and the Eastern Shore, as well as Norfolk through Virginia Beach,
all open for to the public. This is our biggest and best Solar Tour yet!”

The Hampton Roads Solar Group, who sponsors the tour, is part of the non-profit
Hampton Roads Green Building Council. Ken Wright, the outgoing president of the
group, has been leading the solar revolution in Hampton Roads for nine years.
“Every year, more and more homeowners realize the multiple benefits of solar
energy,” he says. “The Solar Tour is fun. It’s free, and it’s exciting. Come and take a
look at our energy future!”

Fun and free, the Hampton Roads Solar Tour is your view of the

What: 2015 Hampton Roads Solar Tour
When: Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, 2015
Where: Virginia Arts Center, 440 Bank Street in downtown Norfolk, and
Dozens of home sites throughout Hampton Roads
Cost: Free!
Info: www.hrsolartour.com