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2016 Michigan Solar Home and Sustainabilty Tour

Saturday October 1, 2016

American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) National Solar Home Tour is the world's largest grassroots solar event. The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Assoc., the Michigan state chapter of ASES, assists volunteer coordinators who organize community tours that you can attend.

Now in its 21th year, this event offers you the opportunity to tour innovative green homes and buildings to see how you can use solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies to reduce monthly utility bills and help our environment. More than 150,000 participants will visit some 5,000 buildings across the U.S.

If you have questions about the tour, contact John Sarver at johnsarver3@gmail.com.

Thank You 2016 Solar Tour Sponsors

GLREA would like to thank the following statewide sponsors for making the 2016 Solar Home and Sustainability Tour possible:
  • Oak Electric
  • Homeland Solar
  • Global Solar Energy Solutions
  • Solar King
  • Inovateus
  • Solar Winds Power Systems
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2016 Solar Tour Sponsors

Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor Solar Tours will be held from 10 am - 4 pm. For more information and to see the tour sites included, visit http://www.annarborsolartour.org/

Lansing Area

Lansing Area Virtual Tour from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the Meridian Township Hall, 5151 Marsh Rd, Okemos. An overview of solar energy and solar stories will be shared by homeowners. Free to attend and refreshments will be served.

Chelsea Area

Chelsea area tours will be from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The tour starts at the Chelsea District Library, 221 S Main Street. There will be a listing of tour sites available and other valuable information.


Saginaw area tour will be from 12:30-3:30. Solarize Michigan is an effort in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay region working to make solar a simpler and more affordable option. Tim Morningstar, a solar ambassador, will provide tours of his 8.64 kW ground mount system at 1478 S. Miller Rd., Saginaw 48609.


Detroit area tours will be from 10:00-2:00. Join Detroit’s first-ever solar tour and learn about Detroit’s green economy too.


Southwest Michigan

SouthWest Michigan tour will be from 1:00-5:00. Go to thesolarwinds.com for details. Contact: Mike or Roz Linsea, solarmike@mei.net, 269-664-8000.

Flint Area

Flint area tours will be from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Begin the tour at 265 E. Rolston Rd., Linden, MI 48451. Jeremy Zinn, Oak Electric, will show the many ways he has incorporated solar on his home. There will be a map provided of additional tour sites.

Ypsilanti Area Tours

Ypsilanti Tours 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Visit three dozen solar installations within the City of Ypsilanti. This year's tour will start at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse located at 100 Market Place in Upsilanti's Historic Depot Town. SolarYpsi founder, Dave Strenski, will be giving continuous presentations and answering your questions about solar. A map of installations within walking and driving distance will be available.

TEDx How Does Solar Work?

Virtual Tour Solar Ypsi