Hill Country Solar Tour 2013

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                                                 Hill Country Solar Tour
                                       Saturday October 12, 2013
     View the tour guide here. Please remember the actual tour of homes is from 11:00-3:30
                                                                         
Join us for the third Hill Country Solar Tour, a collaboration of TXSES, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, and in conjunction with the American Solar Energy Society National Tour, the world's largest grassroots solar event.
 
9:00AM -10:45AM   The day begins at the PEC Oak Hill Office, 9115 Circle Drive, Austin 78737, with Cathy Redson's popular Solar 101 class, a presentation that is well worth a second visit if you have heard her before. Larry Howe from Plano Solar Advocates will discuss his organization's successful Solarize Plano project that organized interested residents in his community to negotiate a group purchase of solar installations for their homes. Dr. Gary Vliet will conduct his energetic Solar Model Car Workshop for kids (9 years and up please), buiding and racing the finished product.
 
11:00AM-3:30PM   The self-guided tour of five solar powered homes spans the territory from just off FItzhugh Rd. all the way to Blanco, with projects in between. You need not travel in any special order to see these homes, nor are you required to attend the presentations (though there is much to learn!). The tour is free and the guide is in the link below. Tour guidebooks will also be available at the PEC Oak Hill office on tour day and at the homes.
 
Join us for this popular tour and meet the solar installers and homeowners who have valuable information and experience to share with you.
 
You may visit the homes in any order from 11:00-3:30 on Sat. Oct. 12
 
13001 Traildriver- in Big Country, 78737
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Builder/Solar PV Installer - Native
Just completed in the summer of 2013, this 3,200 sq.ft. home for a family of five was built with a 6kW solar array, rainwater collection, geothermal HVAC, Energy Star appliances and heat pump water heaters. Siting the home for solar energy collection and passive solar design features were crucial to
energy efficiency and comfort.
 
430 Harris Dr.- in Belterra, 78737
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Solar PV Installer - Longhorn Solar        
Built in 2008, this 2,530 sq.ft. home in a traditional suburban subdivision was retrofitted for a 5kW solar array in 2013. Prior to the installation, the owners made sure their home was energy efficient by adding extra insulation, solar screens and double pane windows. This is the first 'visible from the street' solar array in this subdivision.Thanks to the Belterra HOA for their open minded attitude regarding the adoption of solar.
 
400 Twin Oaks Trail- west of Dripping Springs, 78620
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Solar PV Installer- Freedom Solar
Designer, Builder and Solar Thermal Installer-Z Works Design Build
This home has both solar thermal for hot water and 7.3 kW solar PV for electricity. Built in 2012, it was designed, sited on the property and built for energy efficiency, comfort and beauty. Insulated concrete forms the walls and structural insulated panels (SIPS) the ceilings. A 28,000 gallon rainwater catchment system supplies all their water.
 
7117 RR 165 - between Henly and Blanco
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The solar installer is a family member now living out of state.
The air conditioned space for this 18 year old home is 1500 sq.ft. The solar configuration is a combination of both grid tied (interconnected to Pedernales Electric Co-op) and off grid (stand alone) production. The grid tied array is 2.46kW on a single axis tracking device. The off grid .7kW array is 
on a fixed pole mount.
 
303 Misty River Run, Blanco
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Built in 2010, this 1,144 sq.ft. home was planned and constructed to be extremely energy efficient. The 2.7 kW solar array is your first clue, but there is more. Deep porches, a metal roof, geothermal heating and cooling (efficient also for hot water), thick walls and ceilings  and a modest footprint all contribute to a sustainable lifestyle.
 
                     Enjoy the Hill Country Solar Tour, Saturday October 12
                     9:00-10:45 Presentations at the PEC Oak Hill Office
                     11:00-3:30 View the five projects on this self-guided tour