Just as the sun hides behind the clouds, grab your umbrella for the Seattle Solar Tour. More than 30 homes and businesses are showing how they conserve energy and harness both sun and rain. The tour is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Several homes in Ballard are on the list. See a list of participating homes here, with links to maps and directions.
The U.S. Department of Energy recently designated Seattle as one of 25 Solar America Cities. According to Seattle City Light, only about two dozen customers had solar electric installations in 2005. That number has now climbed to about 200 residential and business customers.