National Solar Tour

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October 1, 2011

Solar powered and energy efficient homes and buildings in Tennessee and across the country will be open for public tours on Oct 1, 2011.

It’s all part of the upcoming National Solar Tour.

The tour offers local residents an opportunity to find out how their neighbors are:

  • trimming energy bills
  • increasing energy independence
  • taking steps to address global warming

Here at Sequatchie Valley Institute, we will be sponsoring the Southeast Tennessee tour for the 15th consecutive year! The Institute will be open all day on Saturday, Oct. 1, for tours.

We are looking for more solar homes and businesses for the tour, and will be adding locations. To add your home or business to the tour, please contact Chris Gilligan:
(423) 949-5922 or officemanager [at] svionline [dot] org

 

DIRECTIONS FOR THE 2011 SOLAR TOUR:

  • Saturday, October 1, 2011

Free and open to all (donations gladly accepted)!

Come on out and enjoy the autumn colors in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley while you learn about making electricity from the sun at the Sequatchie Valley Institute! You can also visit places in Chattanooga and Sequatchie Valley that are using solar energy. Many uses of solar and other renewable technology and alternative building techniques will be demonstrated by the open houses. Have you seen the biggest solar array in the Southeast? It’s covering a parking lot at Finley Stadium and is sponsored by TVA’s Green Power Switch program. The National Solar Tour is organized by the American Solar Energy Society. The local tour of Chattanooga, the Sequatchie Valley, and the southern Cumberland Plateau is sponsored for the 14th year by the Sequatchie Valley Institute, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable living and technology. For solar tours in other locations, please see the website nationalsolartour.org.

The Sequatchie Valley Institute will be open for tours of four homes that demonstrate use of solar electricity, green building, and hand-crafted passive solar design. Call 423-949-5922, e-mail officemanager [at] svionline [dot] org or visit our website www.svionline.org for more information.

Chattanooga Area

Finley Stadium. Finley Stadium has one of the largest solar electricity generation complexes in the Southeast, covering part of the Finley Stadium parking area. If you go to the Sunday Chattanooga Market, you will see the panels just across the road.

  • Time: You can visit anytime.
  • Location: 1826 Carter Street. Finley Stadium south parking lot.
  • Contact Info: TVA, (423)751-7461
  • Directions: Exit downtown Chattanooga from 27 onto MLK, turn south on Chestnut to 20th Street.
  • No representatives will be there but you can park under the solar panels. Electricity from these panels goes into the TVA electric grid through the Green Power Switch program.

Sequatchie County (Between Dunlap and Whitwell)

Sequatchie Valley Institute at Moonshadow. Off grid, photovoltaic electricity, Trace Inverter, RV Solar boost charge controller, Zomeworks Tracker, Trojan batteries, Southwest Wind Power wind generator, Sunfrost refrigerator, passive solar, hand-crafted buildings of rock, logs and clay, solar greenhouse, hydroelectric system and passive hot water system under construction.

  • Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Central Time.
  • Contact Info: Telephone: 423-949-5922, 423-949-4598, E-mail: education [at] svionline [dot] org. Website: svionline.org
  • Location: 1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell, TN 373797.
  • Directions:
    • From Chattanooga: We are located just off Rt. 28 near Cartwright, between Whitwell and Dunlap. It will take under 1 hour from most locations in Chattanooga. Take I-24W from Chattanooga toward Nashville. Take exit #155 (Dunlap). Turn right on to Hwy. 28. Go 18 miles North from I-24 (you will go through Whitwell). Watch for Cartwright Automotive on your left. Turn left just past this on Cartwright Loop. Follow this road for 0.7 miles to Box 1233 and a Solar Tour sign. Turn right and park, walk across dry creek to the first house. You will be met there.
    • From North Chattanooga: Take Hwy 111 from Soddy-Daisy to Dunlap. Turn left at the ramp exit and drive through Dunlap. At the last light, take the right fork, which is Rt. 28 (passes by the schools and BiLo). Travel 7 miles to Cartwright Loop, just past a small store, and before Cartwright Automotive. Turn right on Cartwright Loop and go 0.7 mi.to Box # 1233.
    • FROM DUNLAP: We are located just off Rt. 28 near Cartwright, between Whitwell and Dunlap. It will take about 20 min. from Dunlap or Whitwell. Take Rt. 28 (passes by the schools and BiLo) south from the Middle School. Travel 7 miles to Cartwright Loop, just past a small store, and before Cartwright Automotive. Turn right on Cartwright Loop and go 0.7 mi. to Box # 1233.
  • There will be Solar Tour signs. Call for directions from other locations.

Nona McIntyre Home. Passive solar Mother Earth News design; circular and earth bermed.

  • Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time.
  • Contact Info: See Sequatchie Valley Institute above.
  • Directions: See Sequatchie Valley Institute above.

Mildred Kimmons Home. Passive solar construction with dual-metering capability, when the TVA Green Generation Partners Program is approved by the Sequachee Valley Electric Co-op. Green architecture and healthy house design used throughout to provide a non-toxic and environmentally friendly living space for elder living (95 years young!). Both interior and exterior built with Southern Pine Beetle-killed pine and other local and salvaged materials. Wall insulation made from blue jean scraps.

  • Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time.
  • Contact Info: See Sequatchie Valley Institute above.
  • Directions: See Sequatchie Valley Institute above.

Marion County

Sequatchie Cove Farm. 28 kilowatt, grid-tied installation made possible by a grant from USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This system provides energy offset for the operation of Sequatchie Cove Creamery, a raw-milk dairy operation creating artisan cheese for restaurants and consumers.

  • Time: From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time.
  • Contact Info: Telephone: 423-942-9201
    Address: 320 Dixon Cove Rd., Sequatchie, TN 37374
  • E-mail: padgett_arnold [at] sequatchiecovefarm [dot] com
  • Directions: Please call or email for specific directions, as this location is not generally available via online mapping.

Bledsoe County

Robert and Hillary Bergeron Home. 100% Solar electric, off grid, with generator back-up, propane refrigerator, stove, and water heater, solar dryer, wood stove heat, compost toilet, rain-fed water system.

  • Time: From 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Central.
  • Contact Info: Telephone: 423-447-3173 (home) or 423-285-4815 (cell)
    Address: 230 Stone Ridge Dr., Pikeville, TN 37367
  • E-mail: hsbergeron [at] yahoo [dot] com.
  • Directions: Please call or email for specific directions, as this location is not generally available via online mapping.

Across the US, tens of thousands of Americans will visit homes, schools, churches and businesses that demonstrate the buildings of tomorrow. The Sequatchie Valley Institute and SE Tennessee join 46 other states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in showcasing solar options during the Tour.

 

Media tours of solar powered buildings can be arranged prior to the National Solar Tour. For information please contact Chris Gilligan at 423-949-5922, or email officemanager [at] svionline [dot] org.

For tours in other areas, go to www.NationalSolarTour.org. Owners of solar or other alternate energy homes in our 5-county region who are interested in being part of the tour may contact Chris.

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