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2010 East Tennessee Solar Tour and Fair announces schedule

The second annual East Tennessee Solar Tour and Fair is scheduled for October 1-2.

Nearly 20 local solar experts and companies will exhibit, said Jake Tisinger, City of Knoxville sustainability coordinator, in a press release. Planned activities include workshops on existing solar opportunities, discussion of the financial incentives available to help pay for them, and a self-guided tour of local homes and businesses already benefiting from solar power

"We want to help people go solar," Tisinger said. "Our goal with these events is to increase the awareness of what's already in Knoxville in terms of solar technology and to provide people with the resources they need to get involved."
The event will open with the Solar Fair in Krutch Park Extension from 5-8 p.m. Friday, October 1 and continue Saturday, October 2, with a free Solar  101 workshop at Ijams Nature Center from 8 - 9:30 a.m.

The Solar Tour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, will feature nearly two dozen homes and businesses that employ solar technology to help meet their energy needs. Most of the tour sites are in Knoxville and Knox County and visitors will be able to see how solar power is already changing the energy and sustainability landscape in the Knoxville area.

The City of Knoxville's Solar America Cities Program and the Southern Alliance for Clear Energy are the organizers of the East Tennessee Solar Tour and Fair. Other sponsors include the Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville Utilities Board, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee Business Leaders, S&W Grand, Sustainable Future, Kemery Company, Efficient Energy of Tennessee, FLS Energy, Green Earth Solar, and Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development (SEEED).

For more information, including maps and directions, see the 2010 Knoxville Solar Tour & Fair website.

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