Please check back for updates on our Spring 2014 Solar Tour we are working on!Click here for Tour Sites and Maps for the 2012 Tour
Please note: After clicking on the button above, the websites for each individual site will not be working. You will only be able to see the name, address and the technologies at each site. If you have a particular interest in one thing, please call Laura Cina at 612-963-4757 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org so she can direct you to the right site. Or come down to Matthews Park and visit her in person!
Sponsored by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES), the self-guided, public Minnesota Solar Tour features 50+ exemplary homes, businesses, and institutions that have incorporated renewable energy into the design and operation of their buildings. From geothermal heat pumps using the earth as a huge thermal buffer to wind turbines elegantly spinning in the breeze and the many incarnations of solar energy between earth and sky, this event offers local residents an opportunity to find out how their neighbors are trimming their energy bills, increasing their energy independence, and taking steps to address global warming. This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in solar and other renewable energies to view installations and talk with building owners, builders, architects, and planners about their experiences.
We invite you to join us on the next Minnesota Solar Tour! See renewable energy technology in action, and meet people who have learned from experience. Find the Interactive Map here!
If you are looking to incorporate fossil fuel-free transportation, exercise and/or scenic fall vistas into your tour experience this year, grab your bike and join us on a short jaunt through South Minneapolis neighborhoods. A variety of technologies will be featured on this subset of the larger tour, including: PV panels, solar hot water, solar air heat and geothermal heating/cooling. Additional highlights include various examples of sustainable living, ranging from a green roof to chickens in the city, and an electric car.
The Bike Tour will start at The Hub on Minnehaha Ave and sites will be open from 10am to 4pm for everyone. Swing by to pick up your map and head out on your own or with friends. Guided bike tours will leave promptly at 11:00am and 1:30pm and you're welcome to come early, hang out, and meet your Tour Guide and other fellow riders before these head out. The Tour will end at Matthews Park where there will be free coffee donated by Peace Coffee.
Please click here to register for one of the Guided Tours:
After party = FREE BEER!
After spending the day visiting any of our statewide tour sites, consider one more stop. Cedar Creek Energy and Barley John’s Brewpub is buying everyone a beer at their New Brighton establishment. Find your free coupon at one of the other Metro Area Solar Tour Sites, but remember only one coupon per person! In addition to learning about their newly installed solar array, you can enjoy a pint of their craft beer (brewed in-house) and try a few of their delicious meals or dishes (many of which contain fresh, seasonal vegetables grown in their on-site garden). Gather with site owners, tour attendees, professionals in various renewable energy fields and MRES volunteers to celebrate the tour and the efforts and technology it features.
Take the Tour
Click here to take the Tour. You need to register and login to see the addresses.
Put Your Site on the Tour
If you have installed a solar electric, solar hot water, passive or active solar hot air, ground-source heat, and/or wind energy system at your home or business and would like to have your site in the Solar Tour, we invite you to apply to be a site. Call Laura Cina to discuss what is involved in being a Tour Site - 612-963-4757 and then click here to fill out your page!
For Tour Site Owners and Volunteers:
Solar Tour Overview Video
Volunteer as a Site Guide
With over 50 sites on the Minnesota Solar Tour, we need volunteers to help staff the sites in shifts from 9:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2012. We have many new and interesting sites on the tour this year, and this is an excellent opportunity to understand a site and help visitors learn more about real energy alternatives. Training is provided on-site.
Click here to volunteer at a site on the 2012 Minnesota Solar Tour.
Previous Minnesota Solar Tours
Note: The media may contact us for high-resolution photos and more details about any of the sites on this year's tour.