by Jamie Barrie I n last month’s issue Spotlight on Business spoke with Carra Cheslin, Director of Engagement and Ben Delman, Communications Director of Solar United Neighbors about the non-profit that started in Washington, D.C. back in 2007 after a conversation between Solar United Neighbors’ Executive Director, Anya Schoolman and her then middle school aged son Walter, after he and his friend Diego had just seen “An Inconvenient Truth” an Oscar-winning documentary about the environment and the pair were motivated to take action along with Schoolman. Today Solar United Neighbors now supports homeowners, businesses and communities in 13 states and has overseen over 4,100 installations for a total of 32 megawatts of electricity. How do they keep getting the word out about going solar? Well they do it by getting the word out with amazing events like the upcoming National Solar Tour. Ever wanted to see solar panels up close? Take a tour of a solar home or business and learn why so many have made the choice to go solar! Well Solar United Neighbors’ National Solar Tour is one of two major events held by the organization to promote going solar and to give people the opportunity to sit and learn from people that have made the change. The National Solar Tour which officially takes place on October 5th and 6th, is organized by Solar United Neighbors and the American Solar Energy Society, along with the support and local organizing efforts of over 130 partnering organizations and companies creating the largest annual grassroots solar event that takes place in neighborhoods, just like yours all across the United States to educate people on the benefits of going solar. According to Delman events like the National Solar Tour allows people to educate themselves about solar energy and the benefits of going solar. Delman goes on to say that Solar United Neighbors can then, “help them go solar, whether that is installing solar panels on their home and or business.” You understand when speaking to Delman the importance of having a community events like National Solar Tour where supporters who are not only excited about solar, but are also eager to educated and engaged with their communities and events like the National Solar Tour allows this to happen on a very large scale. “They make a real strong and compelling group of advocates for solar energy and the benefits that can be had for everyone as more and more people make the switch to solar energy.”

— The National Solar Tour is coming to a Neighborhood Near You




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