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Illinois Solar Tour - Southwestern Sites




The 2022 Solar Tour was available in a hybrid format, offering both in-person and video tours. Please check individual sites to see which types of tours were offered.

Types of Tours:

  • In-Person: The home or business owner will be there to talk about their installation and answer questions; may or may not include going inside to see equipment
  • Video: The home or business owner filmed a video tour of their system, which is viewable online
  • Outside Viewing: The home or business owner may or may not be available to visitors; visitors can view the system from outside

Belleville


Ed and Marge Williams

Site Type: Residential

Tour Type: Outside Viewing

System: 37 roof-mounted panels

Annual Production: 13.6 MWh

Why I went solar: We installed solar panels for 3 reasons: We wanted to save money, we wanted to improve the value of our home, and we wanted to invest in the environment.

Caseyville

Steve & Ingrid Heinrich

Site Type: Residential

Tour Type: Video

Link to Video

System: 39 roof-mounted panels, passive solar design, earth tubes

Annual Production: 18MWh

Why I went solar: We designed and built our "forever house" as energy net zero as a long-term investment. Since it is our sole residence, we wanted it not only to be energy self-sufficient, but also comfortable, accessible, and easy to maintain. In the end, our home demonstrates that a house does not require complex systems and exotic technology to achieve energy net zero. Our home has achieved national recognition from ICF Builder Magazine and LOGIX.

Glen Carbon

Chris Krusa

Site Type: Residential

Tour Type: Video

Link to Video

System: 29 roof-mounted panels, EV

Annual Production: 6970kWh

Why I went solar: I am an environmental activist and Executive Committee Member of a local Sierra Club Group. One of the many initiatives this group supports is the MREA Grow Solar Metroeast Program, for which I am also a volunteer advisor. I am also involved with lobby efforts to enact new renewable energy legislation in Illinois. I want to leave the earth a better place for future families, especially children.

O'Fallon


Luke Rheaume

Site Type: Residential

Tour Type: Outside Viewing

System: 12 roof-mounted PV panels, EV

Annual Production: 4904 kWh

Why I went solar: I was: 1) Investigating the use of solar; 2) Trying to do something to protect the environment; 3)Help out on my electric bill.

Troy

Kevin McKee

Site Type: Residential

Tour Type: In-Person & Video

Link to Video

System: 24 roof-mounted PV panels, community solar subscription, 6 solar thermal collectors with a 300 gal tank, EVs, geothermal

Annual Production: 7000kWh

Why I went solar: Kevin decided to go solar because he and his family wanted to reduce their use of carbon-based fuel and their impact on the environment. They want to lead by example! Between the systems shown in this video and the geothermal system he also has installed, Kevin has drastically reduced his consumption of fossil fuels, as well as decreased the amount he pays on his electrical bills! You can learn more about Kevin's installation at his website.


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