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2009.09.16 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Oct. 3 Solar Energy Tour Includes Stop at Allwine Prairie Preserve

Omaha - The Nebraska Solar Energy Society will host a Nebraska solar tour in conjunction with the National Solar Tour, sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society, on Saturday, Oct 3.

The Omaha tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the bus tour starting at the M.E. Group, 8040 Davenport St. The building will open at 9 a.m. for those who wish to tour the M.E. Group facility.

Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged. Call Rita Corell at (402) 551-5275 for more information.

On the Omaha tour, a stop at the Allwine Prairie Preserve will showcase 30 years of research with the Passive Solar Research Institute, housed at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus. The Allwine Prairie Preserve is a 160-acre reestablished grassland research area northwest of Omaha in Douglas County at 148th and State streets. Arthur A. Allwine donated the land to the UNO Biology Department in 1959.

Items on the tour include a wind turbine, grid tied PV panels, hot water solar panel systems and several aspects of passive solar design in buildings.

Times for the tour will vary throughout the state. Listings for the tour are changing as they are added to the Web site: www.nebraskasolartour.org. Individuals are invited to drive themselves to visit any of the sites on the tour within the times the tours are listed on the Web site.

Times will vary for other sites across the state, as well. Refer to the Web site for details in other areas. Other locations for the tour include Lincoln, Roca, Pilger, Gibbon, and tentatively, Scottsbluff.

The tour allows the public to see energy efficient building designs and energy generation installations firsthand, and to meet owners to ask questions about their home and/or business. More information is available on the American Solar Energy Society Web site, www.ases.org. Visit the link for the National Solar Tour for more details on the national tour.

The Nebraska Solar Energy Society is a non-profit education and research based group. Visit www.nebraskases.org for more information, or call Rita Corell at (402) 551-5275.

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