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The National Solar Tour is organized jointly by the American Solar Energy Society and Solar United Neighbors. Media inquiries related to the National Solar Tour can be directed to either organization:


Solar United Neighbors

Ben Delman


American Solar Energy Society

Carly Cipolla

Additional information on specific local tours can also be obtained through local ASES chapters.

What is the National Solar Tour?

The National Solar Tour is the world’s largest grassroots solar event. Across the country, homeowners, businesses, volunteers, solar installers, public officials, and grassroots organizations put out the welcome mat. They make open house tours of energy efficient and solar-powered buildings available to the public. The sheer numbers of those involved – and the enthusiasm and participation the tour gains each year – make the National Solar Tour more than an event; it’s a movement.

When does the National Solar Tour occur?

The majority of open houses are happening October 6th and 7th, 2018. Some local ASES chapters organize tours to take place earlier in the year to avoid inclement weather. Others are scheduled on different dates so as not to conflict with perennial local events. Check out our comprehensive map to see the full list of solar open house locations across the country.

Where does the National Solar Tour take place?

The National Solar Tour is nationwide, with solar open houses and local tours scheduled across the country. This year we are working to organize the largest National Solar Tour in our history.

Who participates in the National Solar Tour?

Although the National Solar Tour is organized by ASES and Solar United Neighbors, it’s a grassroots movement. More than 400 grassroots organizations, installers, and non-profits locally coordinate, sponsor, and promote these open houses. The homeowners and businesses who share their personal stories to educate others about the benefits of energy-efficient living make this event a success.

Anyone can sign up to host a solar open house or sign up to be notified about Tour happenings, joining the thousands of fellow solar enthusiasts who make the National Solar Tour possible!

Why does the National Solar Tour matter?

There are many reasons why solar energy matters. Billions of dollars have been invested to drive energy independence, national security, and job creation. Renewable energy allows homeowners to drastically reduce their monthly energy bills and benefit from various financial incentives. The solar and renewable energy industry creates jobs that are outpacing many traditional sectors of America’s economy. The National Solar Tour keeps these conversations current and helps inspire people to have a voice in how they get their energy. The Tour educates people about energy issues, the challenges we face, and the sustainable solutions we have within reach.