For the last three decades, the first weekend of October has been the date for the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour (NST) across the country. It’s an effort to get the homeowners, business owners and organizations that have installed solar panels to talk about their benefits with friends and neighbors.
This year, Sustainable Verona is encouraging Verona to participate in it. On Saturday, October 7, Sustainable Verona wants Veronans with solar panels to be at their homes or businesses from 1 to 5 p.m. to answer questions from other residents on their solar experience, such as the cost of their panels, how they were installed, and pros and cons.
If you want to register your location to be on the tour map, please contact Sustainable Verona at s[email protected] . There is no cost to participate.
If you haven’t yet gone solar and want to get more information about doing so in Verona, the town has a solar information page. Verona is part of SolSmart, a national program to help cities, towns, counties, and regional organizations expand solar energy systems. Verona intends to leverage SolSmart to streamline solar permitting or inspections, add solar systems to more government facilities and communicate solar finance options to residents and businesses.
Prout Funeral Home was the first business in town in install solar panels and now has them on both its roof and the retaining wall behind the building. The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit (above), located across from the field behind H.B. Whitehorne Middle School, put solar panels on its east- and south-facing roofs in 2022.