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Golden, Colo., Oct. 1, 1997 -- The most innovative designs in passive and active solar homes in the Denver-metro area will be open to the public October 18 as part of the second annual Colorado Tour of Solar Homes.
More than 20 homes with state-of-the-art solar technologies in the Denver-Boulder area are included in the tour, sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) in Boulder and the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES).
The tour features houses that cover the spectrum of passive and active solar technologies, from homes that are Aoff the grid@ and energy self-sufficient to contemporary designs in city neighborhoods. The structures feature solar panels that convert sunlight directly into electricity and solar thermal systems that heat water and interior space.
The passive solar homes highlight the latest in design techniques that make maximum use of sunlight to heat and cool buildings and cut energy costs.
The self-guided tour has two starting points: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Visitors Center, 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, for homes in Denver, Golden, Evergreen, Conifer and the Littleton area; and the Boulder Energy Conservation Center, 1702 Walnut St., for homes in Boulder. The houses in the Denver area will be open to the public from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. In Boulder, the hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Maps to each home and descriptions of their solar energy features are available at each starting point. The tour's cost is $5 per car.
Also this year pre-registration is possible on a limited basis. Call CRES for details.
For more information call CRES, 806-5317; NREL's Visitors Center, 384-6565 or the Boulder Energy Conservation Center, 441-3278.