This Weekend's Solar Home Tour

09/29/09 Robert Lorei
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Our guests for this segment were Jamie Trahan of the USF Clean Energy Research Center and Lisa Montelione from Rising Force Construction. They discussed this Saturday's Solar Home Tour.

(From the group's press release):

More than a dozen homes and buildings in the greater Tampa Bay area will be featured on Saturday, Oct. 3rd, as part of the 14th annual ASES National Solar Tour. Organized by Students for the Marketing and Advancement of Renewable Technologies (SMART) under the auspices of the Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) at the University of South Florida and the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES), the tour aims to introduce communities to solar technologies and energy efficiency.

The tour guide serves as an admission ticket to each location, either on one’s own or by taking a free shuttle bus to selected homes on the tour. The bus will be available on a first-come first-serve basis, departing from USF’s Research Park at designated times throughout the afternoon. The tour will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The first stop on Tampa Bay’s first Solar Tour is a model home under construction and on track for ENERGY STAR® & Florida Green Building Coalition Certification upon completion. Built by Rising Force Construction the estimated utility cost is $50 a month. The featured home is a newly solar powered home with a photovoltaic system, solar hot water heater, back-up batteries and solar attic fans. Also being showcased is the St. Petersburg home of Amber and Darren Brinkley, owners of the first LEED Gold certified home in Florida; the Tampa Bay History Center; Eco-Farm in Plant City; and Estela’s Mexican Restaurant in Brandon. Other tour locations are in Tampa, Seminole Heights, St. Petersburg, Land O’ Lakes, and Seminole.

Details are available at: and Research Park is located on the USF campus at 3720 Spectrum Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612.

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