CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale is one of several communities across the state that will be a part of the 2022 Illinois Solar Tour on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This year the City of Carbondale has partnered with the Illinois Solar Education Association to arrange host sites in the city for the tour.
The tour will begin at the Carbondale Civic Center, where community members will learn about the science of solar capture and improvements to the City Code to encourage solar energy installations. From there, community members will board transportation courtesy of the Jackson County Mass Transit District and head to the tour sites, where they will learn directly from friends and neighbors about their experiences with solar energy.
To reserve your seat on the Carbondale Tour Bus, click here.
Residents of Carbondale will be featured among over 100 solar homes, businesses, and non-profits across the state participating in this year’s Illinois Solar Tour, which will give thousands of Illinois residents an exclusive in-person or virtual look at the world’s fastest-growing source of energy. The Solar Tour, hosted by the Illinois Solar Education Association (ISEA), is a free experience, including both in-person and virtual events on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Tour allows the public to view real-life examples of nearby businesses and residents who have decided to cut their utility bills by going solar.
Structured in the past as a statewide series of open houses, the Tour is shifting to a combination of in-person and digital audiences, with some communities offering local tours. Photos and videos of solar homes, businesses, and non-profits in over 50 municipalities throughout the state are available now on the Tour website. This year’s hybrid format will offer the public a chance to engage and ask questions of solar owners and other enthusiasts like never before.
The in-person and virtual tours are expected to give visitors across Illinois a better understanding of renewable energy. The passage of the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act in Illinois last year, as well as the recent passage of the federal Inflation Reduction Act, make it easier than ever to take this step toward a sustainable future, and participants will gain valuable insight into the costs, processes, as well as the economic and environmental benefits of going solar. The Tour is a great way for the public to learn about the opportunities solar affords from their peers and neighbors.
Participating Towns and Cities in the Tour include but are not limited to:
Arlington Heights, Aurora, Barrington, Belleville, Bloomington, Brookfield, Buffalo Grove, Carbondale, Carol Stream, Carterville, Cary, Caseyville, Champaign, Chicago, Chillicothe, Decatur, Deerfield, Deer Park, Downers Grove, Earlville, Elizabeth, Elmhurst, Evanston, Fithian, Frankfort, Glen Carbon, Glen Ellyn, Glenview, Grayslake, Highland Park, La Grange, Lebanon, Mahomet, Murphysboro, Northbrook, Oak Park, Orland Park, Park Ridge, Riverside, Rockford, Springfield, Stillman Valley, Stonefort, Troy, Urbana, Warren, Warrenville, West Chicago, Wheaton, Wilmette, Winnetka, Woodridge
About the Illinois Solar Education Association (ISEA)
ISEA is two sister non-profit organizations – the Illinois Solar Energy Association and the Illinois Solar Education Association – that promote the widespread application of solar and other forms of renewable energy through our mission of advocacy and education.
Founded in 1975 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the organization was focused on public education for the majority of its history. In the last decade, ISEA expanded its efforts to include working to ensure stable policies and regulations for solar development in Illinois. In order to do this work, ISEA founded its sister 501(c)(6) nonprofit trade organization.
The Illinois Solar Education Association is the Illinois chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, and is the state resource for renewable energy-related policy developments, educational classes, events, news, and access to local renewable energy businesses. www.illinoissolar.org