Utah renewable energy and energy efficiency industry host home and business tour

September 14, 2011

Utah Solar Energy Association

SALT LAKE CITY, UtahóThe Utah Solar Energy Association today announced that Utahís solar, wind, geothermal, and energy efficiency industries will be showcasing residential and commercial properties that incorporate their technologies to the general public in locations throughout the state of Utah.

The event will stretch over two weekends, with sites being showcased in St. George on Saturday, September 17th from 10am-4pm; and in Salt Lake, Summit, and Utah counties the weekend just following on Saturday, September 24th from 10am-4pm.

Garbett Homes, a nationally recognized homebuilder based in Utah, will host one of a small handful of kickoff events at its newest development in south Salt Lake City known as TerraSol. The developer has been recognized by the Department of Energy for its success in building and selling energy efficient homes with on-site renewable energy at affordable prices. The kickoff event will be held at TerraSolís Green Learning Center, which is a model home whose walls and floors have been peeled back to expose all of the energy efficiency technologies that come standard with every pre-ordered home. The Center will provide attendees with a unique look at how on-site renewable energy in conjunction with energy efficiency can maximize an adopterís return on investment.

Brief introductory courses on on-site renewable energy and energy efficiency will be provided at many of the major kickoff events. The actual residential and commercial sites will also provide additional educational content that is related to the technology installed. Goal Zero, a Utah-based company that designs and sells portable solar power products through major retailers such as Costco, will be raffling up to $2,000 of product to those who attend at least four sites. Attendees can pick up a raffle ticket at kickoff events and any of the tour sites.

Those who are interested in attending can find the address information for all of the kickoff events and sites on the Associationís webpage, as well as other important content and updates as the tour nears. One pre-tour teaser video will be posted on the website each week leading up to the tour to introduce viewers to some of the sites on the tour and the type of educational content they can expect to receive by participating.

The annual event, which is part of the National Solar Tour, is presented by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and is hosted by its state chapter, the Utah Solar Energy Association (UtSEA). Admittance is $5 per individual, $10 per family.

To learn more about the Tourís Title sponsors, Garbett Homes and Goal Zero, please visit their websites, www.garbetthomes.com and www.goalzero.com.

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