A FREE PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE to discuss the advantages of solar power will be held at 204 Collinsville Road in Troy, Illinois on Saturday, August 2nd from noon to 2:00 pm. A local couple will be opening their home for the event under the auspices of Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) to show how local homes and businesses can use solar energy and energy efficiency to save money while reducing their impact on the environment.
The homeowners, Kevin and Peggy McKee, are “Solar Ambassadors” for ISEA, who will discuss their system, the permitting process, types of solar installations, and tax incentives, as well as answer your questions about solar power.
The McKee home previously was featured in the Illinois Solar Tour in October 2012, along with several other solar homes and businesses in Madison County, Illinois.
The McKee home uses solar panels—also known as photovoltaics--to generate electricity. The electricity produced by the solar panels is converted to current like that produced by the local utility and fed into the home's conventional power lines. Excess power is fed into the local utility for credit against future electricity use at night or during cloudy weather.
Aside from powering household appliances and utilities, the couple uses the solar power to recharge their electric cars and yard machines, which will also be on display.
To learn more about the free Solar Open House and to register to attend, visit ISEA's announcement page: http://www.illinoissolar.org/event-1712606
Want to learn more, but can't attend? Learn more about the McKee's project through their website: https://sites.google.com/site/tinkeringcavemansolarproject/
About the Illinois Solar Energy Association
Established in 1975 The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the widespread application of renewable energy through education and advocacy. As the Illinois chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, ISEA is the local resource for educational classes, events, renewable energy related policy developments, local news and access to local renewable energy vendors. To learn more about the Illinois Solar Energy Association, visit their home page: http://www.illinoissolar.org/