On October 6th the American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) national solar tour is coming to Bellingham. Bringing together installers, manufactures and system owners alike the Bellingham solar tour is chance to explore the potential of solar energy here in the Northwest. Starting the day’s festivities at 9 am will be an opportunity to tour the facility of Bellingham’s newest addition to the renewable industry by walking around Itek Energy solar panel manufacturing plant. Join us for some coffee and a bit to eat while exploring the process of solar manufacturing you will also have an opportunity to meet with local installers, Ecotech Energy Systems, Advanced Solar Energy and Western solar, energy efficiency professionals as well as other energy efficiency professionals and representatives from the Community Energy Challenge, a local program that helps home and business owners access financial incentives and low-interest loans for energy efficiency projects, including solar. Then at 10 am the actual tour will begin with tour sites opening their doors for attendees to go out and explore local solar. After discussing potential sites and photovoltaics with local installers attendees will then be equipped to travel out to the individual sites around Bellingham and discuss with system owners how solar has worked for them with some solar knowledge already under their belt. With the tour running until 4 pm that day there is plenty time to visit as many, if not all, the tour sites that might tickle ones fancy. This year’s tour has sites ranging from the North Fork Brewery to the Bellingham coop the adaptability and diversity of solar will be a highlight of this year’s tour.
Itek Energy’s manufacturing facility is located at 3886 Hammer Drive Bellingham, Wa 98226 off Hannegan Road in the Iron Gate industrial park.
For those interested in volunteering please contact Connor Birkeland at:
For more information regarding this year’s Bellingham tour: www.solarwa.org/2012tour/sites/bellingham.