Golden, Colo., Oct. 5, 1998 The third annual Tour of Solar Homes will open the doors to hundreds of passive and active solar homes across the nation Oct. 17. The Denver-metro leg of the tour, organized by the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, will start at the Visitors Center of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Houses and other buildings on the self-guided tour, which feature passive solar design, solar water heating and solar electric systems in Golden, Lakewood, Denver and Conifer, will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. NREL's Visitors Center will open at 9 a.m.
The Boulder tour, which starts at the Boulder Energy Conservation Center at 1702 Walnut St., will take place on the same day.
Tour booklets including maps to the homes and descriptions of their solar energy features will be available at each starting point for $5. Advanced registration for the tour is not required. For more information, call the Denver tour hotline at (303) 806-5317 or the Boulder Energy Conservation Center at (303) 441-3278.
NREL researchers will lead two consumer-oriented workshops at the Visitors Center on the day of the tour. A workshop on solar electricity will be offered 10 a.m. to noon and a workshop on energy efficiency for the home or business at 1 to 3 p.m. Workshops require advanced registration at (303) 275-4090. For information on other workshops offered this month, call (303) 275-4087.
NREL's Visitors Center is at 15013 Denver West Parkway in Golden. To reach the Visitors Center, take I-70 to exit 263 (Denver West Boulevard) and turn north. At the stop sign, turn left on Denver West Parkway. Continue about one-half mile, the Visitors Center is on the right.
Visit NREL on line at www.nrel.gov.