The 2011 Indy Solar Tour was held on Saturday, October 1, 2011 to provide central Indiana residents with an opportunity to learn about solar power for their home or business. The Hamilton County Parks Department’s Cool Creek Nature Center serves as the central hub for many different indoor and outdoor activities in a beautiful 90-acre park and hosted the kick-off site. It turned out to be a perfectly sunny day for a tour as the photovoltaic system was generating excess power and the meter was running backwards! Visit the Cool Creek website to view the energy generated by the solar panels.
This free, self-guided tour is part of the 16th annual American Solar Energy Society (ASES) National Solar Tour (www.nationalsolartour.org). The tour is the world's largest grassroots solar event with over 150,000 attendees each year.
Funding for Indiana Solar tours has been provided by Duke Energy and Indianapolis Power and Light. Additional support for the 2011 Indy Solar Tour was provided by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers – Central Indiana Section as part of ASME’s goal to support a sustainable energy future for America.
Indiana Renewable Energy Association - Organized in 2008, Indiana Renewable Energy Association (InREA) is the official Indiana state chapter of the ASES. InREA promotes the use of renewable energy throughout the state of Indiana. For more information, visit www.indianarenew.org.
American Solar Energy Society (ASES) - Established in 1954, the nonprofit ASES is the nation's leading association of solar professionals & advocates. Their award-winning Solar Today magazine covers the gamut of renewable energy issues and technologies. For more information, visit www.ases.org.
Indiana Office of Energy Development - The Indiana Office of Energy Development, under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman, is responsible for Indiana's energy policy. State administered grants have partially funded many renewable energy projects. For more info about OED and its activities, like the annual Indiana Renewable Energy Conference, visit www.in.gov/oed/.
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