Several southern Illinois towns featured in 2022 Illinois Solar Tour

(Source: City of Carbondale)
(Source: City of Carbondale)

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KBSI) – Several southern Illinois towns are participating in the 2022 Illinois Solar Tour.

The city of Carbondale partnered with the Illinois Solar Education Association (ISEA) to arrange host sites in Carbondale for the 2022 Illinois Solar Tour on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The tour will begin at the Carbondale Civic Center. 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.

Tap here to reserve a seat on the Carbondale Tour Bus.

Residents of Carbondale will be featured among more than 100 solar homes, businesses, and non-profits across the state participating in this year’s Illinois Solar Tour. The tour will give thousands of Illinois residents an exclusive in-person or virtual look at the world’s fastest-growing source of energy.

The tour is hosted by the Illinois Solar Education Association (ISEA). It 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.

In the past, the tour was structured as a statewide series of open houses. This 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 to view on the tour website. This year’s hybrid format offers the public a chance to engage and ask questions of solar owners and other enthusiasts.

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 to take a step toward a sustainable future. Participants will gain insight into the costs, processes, as well as the economic and environmental benefits of going solar. The tour is a way for the public to learn about the opportunities solar affords from their peers and neighbors.

Participating towns and cities in tour in southern Illinois include but are not limited to Carbondale, Carterville, Murphysboro and Stonefort.

The Illinois Solar Education Association (ISEA) is two sister non-profit organizations – the Illinois Solar Energy Association and the Illinois Solar Education Association. They 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.

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