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Subject:   See How Solar Works in Seattle and Shoreline
For Immediate Release:   
9/26/2008  10:38:00 AM
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Scott Thomsen  (206) 386-4233


Free Solar Tour Opens 29 Homes and Businesses to Demonstrate Systems Effectiveness

SEATTLE - Seattle City Light, Solar Washington and Northwest SEED are offering interested people an opportunity to see how solar works in Seattle and Shoreline during the Seattle-Shoreline Solar Tour on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Participants can visit 29 homes and businesses that have installed solar energy systems from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tours are free and self-guided.

Visitors are encouraged to start from one of three kickoff locations - Bertschi School in Capitol Hill, the Ballard Library in Ballard and Shoreline Community College in Shoreline. At each location, they can pick up a tour map, hear a Solar 101 presentation (10a.m. and 1p.m., at each kick-off location), play with some kid-sized solar experiments, and learn about Seattle City Lights conservation programs.

"Every day these homeowners and businesses are demonstrating how solar energy can help lower electricity costs, support energy independence and reduce greenhouse gas emissions," City Lights Conservation Director Bob Balzar said. "We hope the tour inspires others to go solar and make sustainable energy choices."

For more information about the tour visit http://www.seattle.gov/light/solar or call the Seattle City Light Conservation Help Line at 206-684-3800.

In addition to displaying solar electric and solar hot water systems at work, the Seattle-Shoreline Solar Tour will also feature energy-saving techniques and sustainability through building design, energy efficient appliances, and use of green materials during remodeling. The Tour also provides helpful, real-world examples of costs and how to save money with federal and state.

The Seattle-Shoreline event is part of the National Solar Tour organized by The American Solar Energy Society. Now in its 13th year, the event is expected to draw up to 150,000 people will be participating in 46 states across the country.



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