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Solar Home Tour in Denver Saturday, October 4, 2008

Come see the latest in Solar Homes this weekend! The Colorado Renewable Energy Society is hosting its annual solar home tour on Saturday, Oct. 4.

The Denver Tour of Solar Homes will feature “Real Places for Real People” that showcase the latest and greatest in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable building technologies in action at a variety of homes & buildings throughout the Denver Metro Area.

The 2008 Denver Tour will focus on homes in both the Golden / Lakewood / Denver West area and the Capitol Hill / Washington Park / Southeast Denver area.

This year’s Denver Tour features a number of significant firsts:

* Thanks to the visionary leadership of Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, the solar-powered carriage house on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion will be a stop on this year’s Denver Tour! NOTE: only those who sign up for the Bus Tour will be allowed access into the Governor’s Mansion carriage house on this day.

* The Denver Tour has grown to the point where participants can check in at one of two different locations, in either West or Southeast Denver!

Costs for the Tour are only $20 per carload (carpooling is strongly recommended), or only $45 per person for the guided bus tour (and entry into the Governor’s Mansion carriage house; reservations are required). Online registration will be available through the CRES website.

Tour participants can check in for the Tour as early as 8:00 AM on October 4 at either of two convenient locations:

* The National Renewable Energy Laboratory Visitors Center (15013 Denver West Parkway; take I-70 to Exit 263, and then follow the signs) has been the traditional check-in point for The Denver Tour, and will be again this year.

The NREL Visitor Center will also feature an exhibit hall with dozens of Tour sponsors and other exhibitors whose products & services can make your own home more energy efficient, and even powered by renewable energy!

* For the first time in 2008, The Denver Tour will also have a Southeast Denver check-in location at the First Universalist Church of Denver (4101 E. Hampden Ave., at the northeast corner of Hampden Ave. and Colorado Blvd.). This will provide those outside the Denver West area with a gas-saving opportunity to tour solar and green-built homes in the Central and Southeast Denver areas.

The Denver Tour of Solar Homes is part of the National Solar Tour, traditionally held on the first weekend of each October. Tours will also be held in Boulder (on Sunday, October 5), Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Durango, New Castle (Western Slope), and several other communities throughout Colorado and the USA.

Complete information about The Denver Tour of Solar Homes — including sneak previews, online registration, sponsors, etc. — is available on the CRES website, or by calling the CRES Hotline at 303-806-5317.

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