Solar in Kentucky: opportunities to learn and lend support

Kentuckians want more and better energy options, and we are especially interested in seeing more locally and community owned solar projects. That was the overwhelming message KFTC heard when we asked more than 1,000 people across the state to share their vision for Kentucky's energy future. 

This weekend, all Kentuckians are invited to take part in many exciting opportunities to learn about and support solar energy solutions. The 2016 Kentucky Solar Tour is organized by the Kentucky Solar Energy Society. 

Five communities across Kentucky are hosting solar tours on Saturday, October 8: Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Lexington, Louisville, and Northern Kentucky. These free tours offer the chance to visit homes and businesses with installed solar energy systems and attend informative workshops and presentations. In some locations the tours are self-guided by car or bike. In other locations, participants will ride to tour locations on a free bus from the starting location.

This year, the schedule of events in Louisville and Lexington also includes a benefit concert on Saturday night to raise funds for solar panels on local Habitat for Humanity homes. For full details and tickets to these benefit shows, visit SolarKentucky.org.

The Louisville solar benefit concert takes place at the Haymarket Whiskey Bar.

The Lexington solar benefit show takes place at the Burl.

Below are links to information about the schedule of events in each community:

Louisville Solar Tour (Starts at 9:30 am with a presentation at Pasteur Hall at Bellarmine University. A self-guided tour is open from 11 am to 2 pm)

Lexington Solar Tour (Starts at 10 am with presentations at the Plantory, 501 W 6th Street. A bus tour of solar energy systems in Lexington will run from 12 pm to 2 pm.)

Bowling Green Solar Tour (Starts at 9 am at Solar Energy Pioneers, 8141 Nashville Road in Bowling Green, followed by a visit to three locations.)

Elizabethtown Solar Tour (Starts at 10:30 at Citizens Union Bank, 1830 N Dixie Highway. Lunch is provided. A free bus tour to six locations will run from noon to 5 pm.)

Northern Kentucky Tour (Starts at 9 am at American Technical Services, 5825 Bullittsville Road, Burlington. Enjoy a solar fair and pick up a map for a self-guided tour of local solar sites.)

For more information, visit the Kentucky Solar Energy Society.