Southern IL Solar Tour
If you miss the tour a couple of the sites (the ones with directions still below) are open year round by appointment so call 618 893 1717.
2005 Southern IL Solar Tour
Places are subject to change so check here the day of the tour to see what has been added and/or taken away
(Part of the American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Tour)
Saturday October 1, 2005 from 10 a.m. to 4p.m.
Welcome to the 10th Annual Solar Tour, here are the directions; there will be Solar Tour signs.
Phone 618 893 1717 or 800 229 0453.
Some educational material will be available at all sites but most of the information is at site 1.
View the Federal building in Carbondale, and all the road construction signs in the area that are solar powered.
Pomona: Site 1 consists of multiple systems; one powers the barn and consists of 300 watts of Photowatt photovoltaic (PV) solar electric modules, 16) 6 volt deep cycle batteries, and a 1500 watt inverter to produce 110 volt AC to run the lights, radio, and the occasional power tool. The house system is also a stand-alone system that powers the living room. This system is small but simple. The panel (195 watts of PV, 4 modules) charges four 6 volt sealed deep cycle generic batteries that power a little 300-watt inverter. A plug strip in the living room provides a simplistic breaker. Also a RV trailer system, consisting of an BP 85 watt module charging a battery which runs lights, laptop, cell phone, fans and a radio. Also see two solar powered attic fans in operation.
Directions are; Coming south from Murphysboro on 127 about 7 miles to Pomona,
turn right on Pomona road following the wine trail. Drive down the hill and
at the stop sign turn left, again following the wine trail. Go one mile to Gates
Road. Down Gates Road, park and view the systems. Lots of information will be
available. Directions to the other sites are also here. This site is open year
round by appointment. To go from this site to site 2 go back to 127 and go south
and follow the wine trail to the through Alto Pass and Cobden.
Cobden: Site 2 is a grid connected back up PV system that produces
electricity for the farm. System includes 1200 watts of Siemens PV solar modules,
a Southwest Windpower Air 403 wind gen-set, run through two Trace 4048 inverters
producing both 110 and 220 volt AC, with 16 Trojan T-105 6volt deep cycle batteries
for back up power.
Directions are; Drive south on highway 51 from Carbondale, go past the wine trail signs near Cobden road, past the Karl Sweitzer vegetable stand off the road to the right and start looking for Spanish Bluff Rd. on the left as you come up the hill. Turn left on Spanish Bluff Rd. The road forks, take the left fork. Go maybe a 1/4 of a mile and the road branches into 3 roads, look to the right for parking. See the barn, the system is behind the barn. To go from this site to site 1 go back north on 51 and follow the wine trail to the west through Cobden, Alto Pass, and Pomona. This site is open year round by appointment.
Johnston City: Site 4 is a grid integrated power system that was designed to produce an average of 70% of the necessary electricity for the place. System includes 3960 watts of SAPC Sharp 165 watt PV solar modules on two dual axis trackers, a Southwest Windpower Air 403 wind gen-set, run through two Trace 4048 inverters producing both 110 and 220 volt AC with 32 generic Exide T-105 6 volt deep cycle batteries for back up power.
Directions are; From IL-13 near Marion by Home Depot and the Mall turn onto
SKYLINE DR becomes WILLIAMSON COUNTY PKWY. 0.7 miles
Turn RIGHT onto CRENSHAW RD. 0.4 miles
Turn LEFT onto DECATUR RD. 0.3 miles
Turn LEFT onto REED CEMETERY RD. 1.1 miles
Turn RIGHT onto CR-4 / STOTLAR RD. 0.5 miles
Turn LEFT onto FUDGETOWN RD. 0.1 miles
End at 13771 Fudgetown Rd, Johnston City, IL
Carbondale: Site 5 is a convential looking home in Carbondale located at 700 W Elm off of Poplar. This home has a grid integrated power system that was designed to produce an average of 90% of the necessary electricity for the place. System includes 2004 watts of Kyocera 167 watt PV (Photovoltaic)solar modules mounted on the roof, run through a Xantrex 4048 inverter producing 110 volt AC with 8 Surrette Rolls L-16 6 volt deep cycle batteries for back up power.
Directions are: located at 700 W Elm off of Poplar in Carbondale
Separate Guided Tour
A guided tour by a renewable solar energy installer of:
Carterville: 2) solar hot water pool systems in the same neighborhood of off the Herrin/Colp blacktop
2) solar electrical systems in existing off grid homes
Call Dennis at 893 1771 to set up an appointment for a guided tour
Note a different date for St. Louis
3rd Saturday & Sunday of each month
St. Louis: The EarthWays Home, the Gateway Center Resource Efficiency's headquarters, is a three-story Victorian residence built in 1885 and renovated in 1994 to showcase energy efficient systems, recycled products and waste reduction practices. Systems and products in the EarthWays Home offer visitors a springboard to rethink product design and building operations to achieve affordable resource efficiency. Visitors will experience hands-on applications of sustainable lifestyle choices. Many existing features in the EarthWays Home are readily available for general construction and renovation. Examples of things to see:
EarthWays Home Public Tours
3rd Saturday & Sunday each month
11 am � Noon � 1 pm � 2 pm
Admission: $2 per person
Missouri Botanical Garden
Members and Children
Age 12 & Under Free
Group Tours by Appointment
Request a group tour!
You can request a group tour online or by calling 314-577-0220.
Phone: (618) 893-1717
Advanced Energy Solutions, Inc.
192 Gates Road.
Pomona IL 62975-2506
U.S. Phone: (618) 893-1717
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