ASES Solar Tour Details
Every year we participate in American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tours day by planning a tour of locations in State College that have solar, both photovoltaic and solar thermal, systems. It is one of hundreds of tours sponsored by grassroots organizations and solar installers throughout the country that afford participants the direct perspectives of businesses, home owners and installers about the costs, processes and benefits of going solar.
1:00pm – approx 2:30pm
Solar bus stop on Curtain Road in between the Bryce Jordan Center and Beaver Stadium
Parking for Starting Location:
- Grassy tailgating lot, adjacent to the MorningStar Home, off of Porter Rd. The MorningStar Home is just south of the Medlar Field baseball stadium. Parking here would mean you need to walk over to the bus station (about a 10 minute walk).
Transportation Options for Ending Location:
Use the Red Link at the hospital stop to ride back to the solar bus stop or to get back on PSU campus.
If you parked at the MorningStar Home parking area, it is a 10 minute walk from our last stop on the tour back to the parking area.
How the tour works:
The entire tour group will meet at the Solar bus stop on Curtain Road in between the Bryce Jordan Center and Beaver Stadium at 1:00pm. Tour members will be checked in, given some tour materials and receive a briefing on locations. We will have a brief overview of the solar bus stop and move on to our next location. The next location, the MorningStar Home, will be the main stop on the tour. This section will be guided by a representative of the PSU Sustainability Institute. Following that stop will be our final stop at Penn State Medical Center where a new 2 MW solar project was just installed. After our brief overview of the solar array, tour members are welcome to disperse. If tour members wish, and have appropriate transportation, an additional bonus stop was added to the tour this year. Dr. Brownson, a professor at Penn State University and advocate of solar energy, has a residential rooftop array that will conclude the tour.
All tour members are responsible for their own transportation (transportation options described above).
Registration is active, so sign up and get ready for an exciting day exploring solar energy!
Solar Bus Stop