Free tour of solar equipped homes, businesses Saturday

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By David Pendered

More than 40 homes and businesses across metro Atlanta will open their doors Saturday to display their solar energy devices.

The self-guided tour will provide a rare, up-close glimpse of the technology that is expected to contribute to the nation’s response to providing energy through renewable resources.

The Georgia Solar Energy Association sponsored a preview tour Friday, giving about 25 persons a sneak peak at the technology that ranges from rooftop devices at a downtown warehouse and office building to the solar powered vehicle chargers at Atlantic Station.

Across the nation, more than $5 billion has been invested in solar technology, GSEA program director Joy Kramer said. Georgia represents less than 1 percent of that amount, Kramer said.

Atlanta Councilman Aaron Watson presented a proclamation to GSEA before joining the tour. The proclamation, which is to be formally presented at Monday’s city coucil meeting, commends GSEA for its commitment to ensuring Georgia’s energy future.

To learn more about the open house click on this link.

Solar panels installed above a parking lot help power Ted Turner's building in downtown Atlanta. Credit: David Pendered

Solar panels installed above a parking lot help power Ted Turner's building in downtown Atlanta. Credit: David Pendered

Solar panels on the roof the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Credit: David Pendered

Solar panels on the roof the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Credit: David Pendered

Solar powered charger for electric vehicles at Atlantic Station. Credit: David Pendered

Solar powered charger for electric vehicles at Atlantic Station. Credit: David Pendered

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with more than 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow. David was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina and is married to a fifth-generation Atlantan.

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