Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Solar Tour Contest: The Sunniest Quilt Will Win $100

Quilt by Theresa Wright

In its fifth year, HRSG realized that the Hampton Roads Solar Tour tour had no logo of its own. Who better to create that original logo but a quilter? To be exhibited at the central site of the 2013 tour, HRSG is offering prizes of $100 (first place), $50 (second place) and $25 (third place) to the winners of its quilt show. Quilts must express the wonderful use(s) of solar power, be original, 1-yard-by-1-yard or less, and have a 4-in. quilt pocket on the back. HRSG reserves the right to use any entry as its logo submitted for the contest. For inspiration, go to to see last year’s web site. Call Theresa Wright, (757) 851-5085, who will email or mail you a set of rules.

The tour will take place Oct. 5, 2013, with more than 20 homes and businesses exhibiting the use of solar power. It will be open to the public all over the Hampton Roads area. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June 11 Meeting

We're holding our Solar Tour '13 Planning Meeting online this evening from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.! Here is the info. on how to participate: 

Conference call phone number: (213) 416-1560
Access code: 109 1466

Monday, June 10, 2013

Save the Date

This older home in the historic district of Newport News sports a large PV system that supports all of its electricity.

Circle Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 on your calendar! You won’t want to miss the fifth annual Hampton Roads Solar Home Tour that will take place on that date between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. More than 25 homes will be open to the public demonstrating how they use energy efficiently to save money and protect the environment. Owners will tell you what motivated them to invest in alternative technologies and how you, too, can benefit from what they learned. You will be given the tools to figure out what works for you.

Right now we have homes that will be open throughout the Hampton Roads area including the South Side, Peninsula and Middle Peninsula, and are adding more homes in different areas daily. Signing up for the tour is both free and easy. Sponsored by the Hampton Roads Solar Group, which is part of The Green Building Council, the tour is part of the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour. Just remember to go to after August 15 to sign up and get a list of all the home
s on the tour. Maybe you better circle that date, too, although you can sign up even on the tour day. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see how you can make both a difference in your wallet and a difference to the planet. Let’s just call it a win-win situation.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Summer Is Almost Here and the Solar Home Tour Is on the Horizon

Hi, folks, and a happy sunny June to everyone! After a brief hiatus, HRSG is now gearing up for the fifth annual Solar Home Tour. It will be held Oct. 5, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stay tuned for details and announcements soon to come!