The Solar Homestead is Appalachian State University's entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. Inspired by the pioneer spirit of the early settlers in the mountain region of North Carolina, we have designed a self-sustaining zero energy home.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Final Local Public Tours before Solar Decathlon 2011

Beautiful: multi-generational interest here in the High Country
This Saturday the Solar Homestead team hosted our final local public tours. This all day event was a huge success, and we were delighted to hear that so many people, from all over, have been following our progress.

Over 200 people from all over North Carolina, as well as visitors from around the country, were overjoyed to see the Solar Homestead so close to completion.  This has been an excellent learning experience for our team. In getting prepared to tour thousands of visitor on the National Mall, our local public tours get us prepared for those sometime unexpected questions.
Ed sure can captivate an audience.

You can check out these photos and much more on our Flickr page -

We can't wait to show the Solar Homestead to all of our visitors on the National Mall at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011.

Public tours of all 19 house can be seen on the National Mall's West Potomac Park from September 23- October 2. For more information about the Solar Decathlon 2011 visit

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