“Mountainside is an active summer camp as well as a capus for Mountainside Enrichment and Education, a non-profit created to teach renewable resources. Mountainside is home to a 10-kilowatt solar array as well as a 10-kilowatt wind turbine. Both systems are monitored for efficiency and power output from a computer station located in their front office. In efforts to teach both adults and children alike Mountainside has a number of other environmentally friendly installations and porjects that include rain gardens, composting toilets, organic gardens, 4,000 riparian tree buffer, and a wetlands conservation area. Mountainside is also a 115-acre working farm with fields of corn and fruit trees.” (This write-up is courtesy of the 2010 Western Maryland Tour of Solar and Green Homes Guide.)
Visit Wind power: Urbana business installs county’s first windmill by the Frederick News Post for more background on the project and Solar homes tour set for this weekend by the Frederick News Post for more information on the Western Maryland Solar Tour.
Download your PDF Solar Tour Guide at www.SolarTour.org. Hard copies are available for purchase at the Common Market, The Trail House and Beans & Bagels in Frederick; The Main Cup in Middletown and Boonsboro Pharmacy in Boonsboro.
Mountainside Education and Outreach Website
Bar-T Mountainside Website
Bar-T Mountainside Facebook Page
Wind power: Urbana business installs county’s first windmill by the Frederick News Post
Mountainside “progressive” Camp/Training Center to host Educational Garden by Friends of Frederick County
Environmental pump helps clean up water supply by Frederick News Post
@iSupportSolar Twitter Page
With the last day of September 2010 upon us, those in the distributed solar energy industry know that the annual ASES National Tour of Solar Homes and Businesses is here. The 2010 Tour of Solar Homes takes place this weekend, October 2 and 3, 2010 from 11am to 5pm each day.
Taking place the first Saturday and Sunday of October nationally for the past 15 years, the Solar Tours, organized by the non-profit American Solar Energy Society, allow system owners, students, neighbors, prospective system owners, press, industry reps and others to meet and talk in person on the site of a solar energy system. Common discussions include current incentives, experiences with various companies, solar equipment brands and technologies, and common beliefs and motivations on going solar.
I represented Standard Solar at this dual-axis tracking SunPower array in Woodsboro during the 2008 Solar Tour.
and at these homes during the 2009 Solar Tour:
2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the Metro Washington, DC Solar Tour. Over 70 solar and green homes in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC are participating this year. To download a PDF of the 2010 Metro Washington, DC Tour of Solar Homes Guide, go to www.SolarTour.org or http://solartour.org/download.html.
Not in the DC region? There are more than 5,500 solar buildings to visit in 3,200 communities nationwide this year. To find your local Solar Tour, visit the National Solar Tour website or search this map – http://nationalsolartour.org/find-tour/find-tour.
View the guide, pick out one or a few systems that intrigue you, and go visit them this weekend. Remember, the 2010 Solar Tour is this weekend, October 2 and 3 from 11am to 5pm each day.