Saturday is “Solar Day” in Birmingham

Here comes the sun Birmingham!

Alabama Environmental Council Recycling Center & Office Building
Alabama Environmental Council Recycling Center & Office Building

Yesterday, our friends at Eagle Solar and Light sent us the schedule for Birmingham’s very first Solar Home Tour.

Interest in solar powered homes and businesses is “growing” exponentially in the Magic City.  Here are the details and most importantly the hour by hour day long schedule from their press release:

Birmingham Solar Home Tour

For the first time, Birmingham will have its own Solar Home Tour on Saturday, October 29th from 8am to 4pm. Tours have been occurring in other parts of the state, but will be brought to the Magic City for the first time in 2016. 7 sites will be featured, in 2 hour blocks, and available for public to visit any or all they are able. This year’s Birmingham event will be hosted by the Alabama Solar Knowledge Project of the Alabama Environmental Council, UAB Sustainability, Eagle Solar and Light, and Vulcan Solar Power. More info at this link.

Time Blocks

8:00 to 10:00am – Visit the Alabama Environmetnal Council’s Recycling Center between 8am and 10am to learn more about this 1.5 kW grid-tied solar system using custom-designed racking to utilize existing construction. Visit here for more information or stop by from 8-10am.

Visit Day Star Construction’s 900 Watt grid-tied solar installation anytime from 8am to 10am at 4005 2nd Avenue South. Located immediately behind the new MAKE Bhm space, this was an easy addition to this existing commercial structure. Click here to learn more information or stop by from 8-10am.

10:00am to 12:00am – UAB’s site will be available from 10 am to noon on Saturday. Visitors should park in the lot across University Blvd. from the UAB Campus Recreation Center. Views of the solar array will be available from the top of the Ryals Parking Deck, located directly across 16th Street from Recreation Center.

12:00 to 2:00pm -Visit this ground-mount 12 kW grid-tied residential system at the Yate’s home from 12pm to 2pm. When it’s not functional to add a system to the roof because of shading or not adequate exposure, ground-mount can work well. Visit this link to learn more about this system.

Visit this roof-mounted 7 kW hybrid residential system at the Scribner’s home from 12pm to 2pm. This system has batteries and inverters to provide AC power,  Visit this link to learn more about this system. This house also has an AC/DC split Air Conditioner/Heat Pump utilizing solar power and AC power and is extremely efficient.

2:00 to 4:00pm – End the day by visiting Red Mountain Park’s Climbing and Mega-Zip tower from 2pm-4pm to see this 780 watt solar power system with batteries and LED Lights. Visit this link for more information on this unique and innovative system.


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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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