The McKee home.
TROY — A free public open house to discuss the advantages of solar power will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at 204 Collinsville Road.
Kevin and Peggy McKee will open their home under the auspices of Illinois Solar Energy Association to show how homes and businesses can use solar energy and energy efficiency to save money while reducing their impact on the environment.
As Solar Ambassadors for ISEA, the McKees will discuss their system, the permitting process, types of solar installations and tax incentives, as well as answer questions. Their home is one of a growing number of homes, public institutions and businesses across Madison County that have adopted solar energy.
The McKee home uses solar panels — also known as photovoltaics — to generate electricity. The electricity produced by the 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, which also will be on display.
For information and to register to attend, visit http://illinoissolar.org/event-2182426. Information also is available at https://sites.google.com/site/tinkeringcavemansolarproject/.