Welcome to the 7th Annual DFW Solar Tour
The DFW Solar Tour, on Saturday, October 1st, 2016 is a FREE PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
Be sure to save the date now for the 2016 DFW Solar Tour on Sat. Oct. 1st. This site still contains the information from the 2015 tour which took place on Sat. Oct. 3, 2015. We will be updating the site as the list of new tour locations for 2016 begins to grow. If you'd like to help with the 2016 tour, be sure to visit our Volunteer page to find out about adding your home to the 2016 tour or about how you can volunteer to help make the tour a success!
About the DFW Solar Tour
The tour enables people to learn how their neighbors – homeowners and businesses alike – are using solar energy, wind energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies to save money and consume less of our natural resources. The strategies and techniques on display during this year’s tour range from things as simple and easy as changing to LED light bulbs and selecting more efficient appliances, to cutting-edge, ultra-efficient eco-homes and businesses that are generating as much or more energy than they consume!
Most sites are open between 10 am and 4 pm (check individual sites for exceptions, non-standard tour times are indicated in red). Homeowners or NTREG volunteers will be available at each site to provide information, share experiences and answer questions. Visit our Locations page and follow the links for each host site to see its visiting hours along with maps, directions, and a brief property description and photos provided by the host site.
Attend the Solar Tour to:
- Meet people who have renewable energy installations, learn why they did it, the process, what they love about it and lessons learned.
- Learn about the different technologies and see how they are installed
- Hear about how different renewable energy technologies can work together
- Discover that it is possible to live off-grid using renewable energy
- Find out all of the ways you can use renewable energy to power your life
How to plan your Solar Tour day
The DFW Solar Tour is a self guided, self paced tour of homes and business all around the DFW Metroplex. Visit as many host sites as you would like! There is no way to visit them all, so planning ahead of time is important. Visit the Tour Locations page to find all the locations available for you to visit, and all the feature to see at each site!
Attend the tour and get all of your renewable energy questions answered!
But until the tour, please follow these links to:
- Learn more About the Tour
- See the Solar Tour Locations to plan your tour
- Learn more about the North Texas Renewable Energy Group (NTREG)
- Find out how to volunteer at a tour site or learn more about adding your site to the tour and becoming a Tour Host.
- Find out how you can support the Tour as an individual or promote your business by becoming a Sponsor.
- Learn about Electric Vehicles by visiting sites where you can see them and talk to their owners.
“Together, we can drive the momentum of the world's largest grassroots solar event and demonstrate that the benefits of solar energy and its energy-efficiency cousins have not only hit the mainstream, they're also here to stay.”
In the news...
Would you like to drive a Nissan LEAF to visit one of the DFW Solar Tour locations? You can! Thanks to the generous support of our EV Partner, Nissan, you can drive the all electric Nissan LEAF to visit select Tour locations. Visit the Electric Vehicles page for locations and details!
Get up close and personal with Electric Vehicles on the tour
Have you ever wanted to see an Electric Vehicle? Talk to its owner? Maybe even drive one? The DFW Solar Tour, along with our friends at the North Texas Electric Auto Association and DFW Clean Cities/Electric Vehicles North Texas have you covered! Many of our Host Locations will have EVs and drivers ready to tell you all about them. Would you like to experience a Tesla Model S? Visit the Electric Vehicles page for locations and details!
PSHS Environmental Club and DFW Solar Tour present THE 2015 Energy Awareness Event!
When: 3pm-6pm, Sat, Oct 3, 2015
Where Plano Senior High School campus
The City of Plano proclaims Oct. 3, 2015 "DFW Solar Tour Day"!
Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, on behalf of the Plano City Council has proclaimed Saturday, October 3 as DFW Solar Tour Day in Plano. Said Mayor LaRosiliere, “I encourage all citizens to join me and the Plano City Council in taking the Tour and learning how to maintain a healthy environment through the use of renewable energy."
In the above photo left to right are: Larry Howe, Plano Solar Advocates volunteer; Autumn Natalie, Plano Environmental Education Coordinator; and Harry LaRosiliere, Plano Mayor.
To see the full text of the Proclamation, click on it to view it larger.
Want a chance to Win? Play Energy Games!
Energy Games is a fun, easy way to learn about solar energy and energy efficiency. Register for Energy Games before September 12th and you’ll be eligible to play and win prizes! Energy Games starts on September 14th and runs through September 27th, leading up to the DFW Solar Tour on October 3. You can register to play and download the game now. Registration closes September 12th and is limited to the first 500 participants, so register early! In the games you can…
- Win prizes and compete with friends
- Learn how you can save up to 25% off your electric bill
- Get the tools you need to make smart decisions about solar energy for your home
- Enter to win the Grand Prize Drawing for a $500 IKEA gift card.
Click here for more details, and sign up to play. Energy Games is sponsored as part of a research study from The University of Texas at Austin and the North Texas Renewable Energy Group to help us learn the best ways to communicate solar energy and energy efficiency information. To be eligible to play and win prizes, you must complete a pre- and post-game survey. Click here for more details.
Highlights from the 2014 DFW Solar Tour
Longtime North Texas Renewable Energy Group member featured on GreenSourceDFW.org
"More than 50 solar-powered homes along with 20-plus electric and hybrid vehicles will be showcased at the DFW Solar Home Tour this year. " Read the full article on the GreenSourceDFW.org web site.
Listen to the DFW Solar Tour segment featured on House Talk Today
Listen to an interview with Rick Bollar on House Talk Today for an overview of the DFW Solar Tour. In about 8 minutes you can find out about some highlights of the tour and get some tips on the best way to plan your day. Just follow the link above, or save the .mp3 file to listen off line.
City of Southlake Recognizes Saturday, October 4, 2014 as DFW Solar Tour Day
Mayor John Terrell, on behalf of the Southlake City Council has proclaimed Saturday, October 4 as DFW Solar Tour Day. Said Mayor Terrell, “The City of Southlake’s vision is to protect and enhance the quality of life for future generations and the City Council is pleased to recognize our residents who have reduced their environmental impact by implementing renewable energy and other sustainable technologies.”
Read the full press release for more. You can also click on the Proclamation to see it larger.
The Town of Flower Mound proclaims Oct. 4, 2014 "DFW Solar Tour Day"!
Mayor Thomas E. Haden of Flower Mound issued the proclamation in a ceremony Sept. 18. Click the image below to see the Proclamation, or watch a video of the ceremony.