Here comes the sun ... and the eighth annual Pittsburgh Solar Tour.
PennFuture, a clean energy nonprofit, is hosting the event that will run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The tour, which will take place in a number of Pittsburgh area locations, will focus on local residents who have installed solar panels on their homes and/or businesses and solar installers who will answer questions.
Participants will have three tour options: a self-guided tour featuring solar experts; a guided $10 e-bike tour; or a three-hour bus tour for $10. The bus tours will begin at three locations: Frick Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Blvd., Pittsburgh 15217; Millvale Community Center, 416 Lincoln Ave., Millvale 15209; and Scalo Solar, 22 Rutgers Road, Pittsburgh 15205.
Registration is required at www.pghsolartour.org. An online interactive map and a map for the self-guided tour also can be accessed there.
There will be a South Hills leg of the local tour, which will begin at Scalo Solar (22 Rutgers Road). It will include stops at the solar-powered, private homes of Bob and Susan Donnan, Peters Township; Lawrence and Dena Nader, Canonsburg; and Michael and Mair Milteer, Bridgeville.
Bob Donnan, according to a news release from PennFuture, attended the 2017 Pittsburgh Solar Tour and had panels installed a few months later.
“The panels produce even after the sun goes over the house in the late afternoon and into the evening,” Donnan said. “The panels produce energy for a lot longer period every day than I thought they would. Even on a gray, cloudy day, you get production.”