SAN JOSE, Calif.- The City of San José is hosting a solar home tour on October 1, 2011 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to introduce residents to the products their solar savvy friends and neighbors are using to reduce their monthly energy bills. Tour participants will learn about available incentives, different types of solar technologies on the market today and how much money they can save. This event is free to the public but pre-registration is required. Members of the public can sign up for the tour at http://energy.sanjoseca.gov/

This effort is part of the non-profit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) National Solar Tour, the world’s largest grassroots solar event. Last year’s National Solar Tour attracted more than 150,000 people in 49 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. As one of the 25 designated Solar America Cities, the City of San José is partnering with several organizations to host this year’s tour including: the U.S. Department of Energy, the ASES, local solar companies including Clean Solar, REC Solar, RPS Solar, and SunWize, and San José residents.

As an added feature, the San José Green Vision Clean Energy Showcase will be available for free tours. Located across the street from San José City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street between 4th and 5th Streets, the Showcase is an exciting hands-on demonstration of solar technologies to help educate, inform and enable the community to go solar and save money! Stop by to see some of the latest technology developments in the solar industry. The Showcase will be open on Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; guided tours will be given at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.

About San José
From its founding in 1777 as California's first city, San José has been a leader, driven by its spirit of innovation. Today, San Jose stands as the largest city in Northern California and the Capital of Silicon Valley—the world's leading center of innovation. The City, the 10th largest in the U.S., is committed to remaining a top-ranked place to do business, to work and to live. For more information visit: www.sanjoseca.gov.

About San José’s Green Vision
San Jose’s Green Vision is a comprehensive strategy that addresses how environmental responsibility makes financial sense and stimulates economic opportunity. This vision includes 10 bold goals that will serve as a roadmap to reduce the carbon footprint of the 10th largest city in the nation by more than half. For more information, visit http://greenvision.sanjoseca.gov/.

About the Solar America Cities Program
Solar America Cities Special Projects, funded in 2009 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, tackle key barriers to urban solar energy use that were identified through the 25 city partnerships. The objective of the City of San José’s Solar America Cities project is to support the City’s Green Vision, which is to ultimately ensure that 100% of the city’s electricity needs are met by renewable resources. Over the past 24-months, the City has been implementing strategies to raise awareness around solar, increase the number of solar installations and provide more opportunities to purchase or invest in green power.

About the American Solar Energy Society
Established in 1954, the non-profit American Solar Energy Society is the nation’s leading association of solar professionals and grassroots advocates. Supported by more than 13,000 members, ASES’ mission is to speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy. ASES advances education, research and policy, inspiring the nation to go solar. ASES publishes the award-winning SOLAR TODAY magazine, presents the National Solar Conference, and leads the National Solar Tour – the world’s largest grassroots solar event. www.ases.org

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