National Solar Tour this weekend

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) national tour, both in-person and virtual, takes place Saturday and Sunday. Learn more here.

US map of locations

Established in 1954, ASES is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that advocates for sustainable living and 100% renewable energy by sharing information, events and resources to cultivate community and power progress.

ASES homepage
YouTube virtual tour:

Updated a video of our Tesla solar system and Powerwall created for an earlier solar tour. The description section of the video includes additional details and updates:


My August 29th blog FIVE DOLLAR ELECTRIC BILL covers a 12-month look back period on the financials of it all.

Other solar energy blogs include:
  • SOLAR ENERGY IN THE RAINIt’s hard to believe that you can get a sunburn on a cloudy day, even though it’s true. Even harder to believe, is that you can produce solar energy on a rainy morning, but that’s also true!
  • GOING SOLAR WITH LARGE TREESOne fly in the ointment,’ when it came to adding the rectangle of 18 solar panels to the front roof, was the tall Maple tree I had grown from a small whip, which would have to be ‘topped’ or (gasp) removed.

Reading the PENNSYLVANIA CLIMATE ACTION PLAN 2021 released last week you will see this:

The average annual temperature statewide is expected to increase by about 6 degrees Fahrenheit. Extreme heat events will also increase: 90+-degree temperatures are expected to occur approximately 37 days per year, up from 5 days historically; such impacts will, for example, alter the growing season, increase cooling energy use, and decrease heating energy use.

Hotter Pennsylvania summers

That climate change prediction dovetails perfectly with using more solar energy production since solar really shines at offsetting the energy needed for air conditioning during summer months. Here’s a look at our solar energy production (on the Tesla app) showing production peaks around mid-summer:

We need to quit letting all this free solar energy go to waste!

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