PennFuture Hosts 8th Annual Pittsburgh Solar Tour Oct. 6

Presented by NextEra Energy Resources, the event features local solar homeowners and businesses
(Sept. 25, 2018) Pittsburgh, Pa. – PennFuture is hosting the 8th Annual Pittsburgh Solar Tour on Saturday, Oct. 6, featuring local residents who have installed solar panels on their homes and businesses, along with solar installers who will be present along the way to answer questions and inspire new clean energy advocates.
The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Attendees have the option of a self-guided tour with solar experts, a guided $10 e-bike tour, or they can sign up for a $10 three-hour bus tour. The Pittsburgh Solar Tour is held each October in conjunction with National Solar Tour month, sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society, and is a featured tour on the National Solar Tour.
“PennFuture’s Pittsburgh Solar Tour is a proud tradition in which each year, we are thrilled to learn that many participants make the choice to switch to solar energy and greatly reduce their reliance on dirty fossil fuels,” said PennFuture President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo. “We are so grateful to the volunteers who welcome guests into their homes so that more people can learn about the process of going solar, and discuss their personal experiences in making the transition along the way.”
Bob Donnan of Peters Township attended PennFuture’s Pittsburgh Solar Tour last year and made the switch to solar a few months later. 
“Attendees can get a firsthand look at solar panels for themselves, talk through how it works for them and be pretty specific, getting a close-up look at panels on a roof, learning about a power wall, how it works and what it does,” Donnan said. “I think if I have learned something, it’s that I am kind of surprised to see that the panels still produce even after the sun goes over the house in the late afternoon and into the evening. We still get production. The panels produce energy for a lot longer period every day than I thought they would – it is surprising even on a grey, cloudy day, you still get production.”
There will be three-hour guided bus tours (each costs $10) starting at noon at the following locations:
  • Frick Environmental Center (2005 Beechwood Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15217)
  • Millvale Community Center (416 Lincoln Ave, Millvale, PA 15209) 
  • Scalo Solar (22 Rutgers Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205)
There also will be a three-hour $10 guided e-bike tour hosted by Adam Solar Resources at noon at Millvale Riverfront Park. An online interactive map can be found at pghsolartour.org. People also have the option of using the interactive map and visiting stops on their own for free during the hours of the solar tour.
The Triboro Ecodistrict will officially host the Solar Tour After-Party at Hitchhiker Brewing in Sharpsburg, located at 1500 S. Canal St, Pittsburgh, PA 15215 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania, fighting big polluters with legal muscle, enforcing environmental laws, and supporting legislative policy that protects public health. PennFuture is engaging and educating citizens about the realities of climate change, and giving them the tools needed to influence lawmakers on the issues. Visit www.pennfuture.org for more information.
Stephanie Rex
Director of Communications, PennFuture