Travelers Rest home tour to showcase benefits of solar energy

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. — Upstate residents will have a chance to see and hear about the benefits of solar during a unique home tour taking place in and around Travelers Rest on Sat., Feb. 20 from noon to 4 p.m.

(Note: This event was originally scheduled for Sat., Jan. 23 but was postponed due to inclement weather.)

Presented by non-profit SmartPower and its Solarize South Carolina program, the Upstate Solar Tour features four stops, including three homes retrofitted with solar panels and one new home constructed with solar shingles. (Interactive map below.)

“The tour is designed to highlight realistic solar options for everyone,” said Ashley Edwards, community outreach manager for the non-profit SmartPower. “Whether you are building a brand-new home or thinking about upgrading the energy-efficiency of an existing house, this Solar Tour will have it all.”

The self-guided tour includes three local residences, where the owners will showcase their photovoltaic systems and discuss why they made the decision to go solar with Solarize. During the tour, attendees can watch a live solar installation at one of the homes, while seeing two other finished rooftop installations at the other sites.

The Solar Tour also features the model home in the new Trailside community. Built by Addison Homes, this project – the first mainstream Zero Energy Home in Greenville – is designed with DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles to produce as much electricity as it consumes.

In addition to SmartPower and Solarize South Carolina, sponsors of the tour include Upstate Forever, Sunstore Energy Solutions, Alder Energy Systems and DOW POWERHOUSE.

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