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Midwest Renewable Energy Association: Wisconsin joins the world’s largest grassroots solar event

Gina Sinisi, Communications Coordinator
Midwest Renewable Energy Association
715-592-6595 ext: 113

Wisconsin – The National Solar Tour is the world’s largest grassroots solar event. Now in its 15th year, it is a coalition of over 5,000 home and business owners, volunteers, solar installers, public officials and grassroots organizations who conduct open house tours of their energy efficient and solar-powered homes, businesses, schools and public agencies. 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 is a movement. Last year, over 150,000 people across 49 U.S. states and Puerto Rico participated.

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association has been organizing the Wisconsin chapter of the National Solar Tour for 15 years. This year’s event will be this Saturday, October 2 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The tour features over 100 sites around the state that are open to the public for free tours. Sites will showcase advances in energy efficient construction, new products, sustainable landscaping, and renewable energy technologies.

“The tour demonstrates that renewable energy is practical, reliable and affordable in today's economy,” said Doug Stingle, Programs Director for the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA). The MREA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a sustainable future through renewable energy, organizes the yearly tour. “You have the chance to talk with people who live and work with renewable energy and green building features,” said Stingle.

Tour sites are open Saturday, October 2 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for free tours. In order to make planning your route easier than ever, MREA has created an online mapping feature allowing you to map your own route electronically. Visit http://www.the-mrea.org to find tour sites closest to you.

The Wisconsin Solar Tour is sponsored by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. It is part of the National Solar Tour coordinated by the American Solar Energy Society (http://www.ases.org). For a complete listing of tour sites, please contact MREA at info@the-mrea.org, 715-592-6595, or visit http://www.the-mrea.org.

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