Homes and businesses in Southern Illinois will open their doors to welcome the public to the 11th Illinois Solar Tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.

This event is free and open to the public; tours are self-guided.

The tour will give participants a direct perspective on the costs, processes, economic and environmental benefits of going solar, according to a media release. Organizers say solar energy in Illinois is poised for even more growth after the passing of new legislation.

Interested people can find some of the 130 sites to tour by visiting the tour’s website at www.illinoissolartour.org. The participating sites are in several towns and cities in the state, including Belleville, Carbondale, Murphysboro, O’Fallon and Oswego.

The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA), established in 1975, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the widespread application of renewable energy through education and advocacy. As the Illinois chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, ISEA is the local resource for educational classes, events, renewable energy related policy developments, local news and access to local renewable energy vendors.

— The Southern

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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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