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2012 Hampton Roads Solar Tour
2012 Solar Home Tour - Peninsula, 7 October 2012
Intro and map –
Note: An address for each location will be provided after
There is no Bus tour this year.
Site 1P - Virginia Living Museum
available for tour from 10:00 to
10:45 AM only.
Features: The Living Green House has
PV system, solar water heater,
radiant heating, interactive
fountain, day-lighting, passive
solar architectural design elements.
Admission is waived for this hour
only. The new Living Green House
demonstrates many renewable
technologies and is a great place to
start your tour. 3-200 watt solar PV
panels connect to the grid. An
evacuated tube type solar water
heater connects to a radiant floor
heating system embedded in the slab
concrete floor; portions are visible
for the guests to view. Over 25
other green building
techniques/products are also on
display in this demonstration house.
The tour is scheduled to begin at
Participants need to arrive
on time at the museum admission
The group will not be charged
for the tour which should last 45-60
2P. Elber House - Features: Solar hot water, Solar PV.
3P. Dolan House - Features: Solar PV
The home has an 8100 watt photovoltaic system consisting
of 30 SunTech 270W panels with a pair of Solectria
Inverters that produce an average of 33.4kWh of
electricity per day. It meets over 115% of the homes
electrical needs via net metering on an annual basis.
The system was brought online Feb 2010. The home is
in an historic district which limits certain energy
efficiency improvements. This tour is outside only.
4P. Cuker /Gerbing Home - This home has a PV system
consisting of twenty 220 watt PV panels (by Solar Power),
installed by Solar Solutions of VA. The owner
designed and built a novel adjustable solar awning for ten
of the panels on the south side of the house. The
awning is made of 5 units, each supporting 2 PV panels.
The awning adjusts for changes in seasonal solar angle.
It also provides nice shade for the lower floor windows.
The second bank of ten panels is on an east-facing roof.
The 4.3KW system supplies the entire electrical needs of
the house for the year. The house also features solar hot
water, and an owner designed and installed "heat wall"
that warms the back addition from fall through spring.
Investing in PV has motivated other conservation efforts
as well: Clothes lines were also installed on the back
porch allowing the electric dryer to stop being used,
and the family has two Prius automobiles.
NOTE: This home will not be available for the tour after
5P. Garden Atriums of Poquoson - Features: “Net Zero”
home, Passive solar heating, PV system, Rainwater
harvesting, Eco-friendly décor, Xeriscaping, Day-lighting.
The house is cluster zoned to maximize land use. It is
heated 100% by passive solar heating, and 100% of the
electricity needs are met by photovoltaics. 95% of
the water needs are met via rainwater harvesting. No
off-gassing materials were used; it has zero VOC paints,
dye-free carpets, and solid wood cabinets. The CO2 level
is kept the same as outdoors via broad-leafed plants, and
oxygen levels are much higher than outdoors. Air toxins
are eliminated via indoor plants. The site is terraced to
maximize water absorption; no irrigation is needed.
Day-lighting is maximized for better eye health, and
windows are minimized for improved sound insulation and
quietness. Recycled granite veneers and wood floors are
6P. Sizemore House - Features: Solar PV
and hot water, geothermal heat pump
This house has a net-metered 16-panel, 3.68 kw solar
photovoltaic system and a two-panel solar hot water
system, installed between 2005 and 2010. The PV system
generates an average of 11.5 kwh of electricity a day,
offsetting about one-third of the home's gross
consumption. The two systems together have reduced the
home's total electricity consumption by about 60 percent.
A geothermal heat pump was installed at the end of 2011.
Factoring in federal and state government incentives and
the sale of solar renewable energy credits, the estimated
payback period for all the systems is seven to 10 years.
7P. Franck Home - Features: PV System, Ground-sourced
heat pump, Energy efficiency.
This home has three solar PV arrays containing a total of
36 Shuco 210 V MAU-1 panels. This 7.5 kw system
generates on average about 26 kwh per day. It also
has a closed loop ground source heat pump. Energy
efficiency features include: Triple layer insulation
system in the roof and exterior walls, conditioned crawl
space, low-e windows, and tankless water heater. It
was completed May 2010. See more at
8P. Compass Rose - Features: Solar PV, Solar Hot water,
ICF construction, water conservation, daylighting.
Go to www.nettrekinc.com/taxfreehome/ to see the many
features of this home. It contains a 4 kW Solar PV, Solar
hot water panels capable of 350,000 btu, Radiant floor
heating using the solar heated water, and ICF block
construction with Icynene spray-in foam. Landscaping
(using drought tolerant plants) slows water run off and
rain barrels are in place. Solar tubes, natural
lighting, and CFL are used in all rooms. The high
efficiency of house results in an annual electric bill of
ZERO. The home was designed and built by the owners.
11P Evans home
- Features: Passive solar, Solar hot water, solar PV.
This home utilizes passive solar design, with deep
overhangs and window placement to take advantage of the
sun. It was constructed using SIPS panels and metal
roofs. Windows are energy efficient. The house
has a solar thermal system as well as a photovoltaic
system. Provisions have been made for a green roof in the
The 2012 Hampton Roads Solar Tour is sponsored by:
Welcome to the
Hampton Roads Solar Group!
Serving the Hampton Roads area, we
are a dedicated group of renewable energy
enthusiasts and system owners working to secure
a clean energy future.
In affiliation with our sponsors the
Hampton Roads Green Building Council,
we host the Hampton Roads Solar Tour each Fall.
provides residents and visitors alike the
opportunity to get
a more personal view of renewable energy
systems, including solar, thermal, and wind, as well as
sustainable living and housing techniques.
Our 2012 Solar Home
Tour will be
Saturday, October 6 and Sunday,