Two Lakeway Area residences will be part of a tour this weekend highlighting the use of solar energy.
This weekend local homeowners in Rutledge, Rogersville, and Kingsport will open their doors to the public to share their personal experiences with going solar, as part of the National Solar Tour. The public is invited to tour these homes and learn about the solar installation process and what it’s like to use solar power.
On Saturday, the tour will be at 102 Bailey Johnson Road in Rogersville from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The system installed is serving a house built in 1874. Before installing solar, a total renovation was completed to make the home more energy efficient. Solar energy panels were installed on the top of the home’s roof by LightWave Solar in 2015.
In addition, the home has other solar and sustainability features including solar electric/photovoltaic, composting, a grey water system and rain collection.
On Sunday, the tour continues at 388 Hodgetown Road in Rutledge, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This doublewide home has 18 newly installed solar panels located on the garage roof.
“We live on a rural road in a small community,” the homeowner said. “Our house is modest, a doublewide, but we have a large garage that faces south and is upslope from the road. It was perfect for our 18 solar panels, just installed on Sept. 5 by Lightwave Solar.”
Another stop on Sunday is in Kingsport at 2124 Lamont Street, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The solar energy collected not only powers the home, but also the family’s vehicles.
The National Solar Tour is the largest grassroots solar event in the country with businesses, private households, and schools participating across 46 states. More information and a map of all the tour sites may be found at www.nationalsolartour.org/map.
The National Solar Tour is presented by the American Solar Energy Society and Solar United Neighbors.