2006 Statewide Solar Buildings Tour Information
Theme: 'Real Places for Real People'


Flagstaff Solar Tour

  • Tour Date: Saturday, September 30
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (NOTE: Willow Bend closes at 1:00 p.m.)
  • Tour Description:   Tour of Sustainable Homes begins at Willow Bend Center for Environmental Education (703 E. Sawmill Rd., Flagstaff, AZ).  Tour includes homes with active and passive solar features.  Some are straw bale homes, some incorporate greywater systems, as well as other sustainable features.
  • Tour Maps: Available at Willow Bend 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Contributions accepted at Willow Bend
  • For More Information: Press Release, primary contacts are Sonya Malkhassian (928) 226-2736 and Ed Dunn (928) 774-6308.  Secondary contact is Joe Costion.
  • Hosts/Sponsors: Arizona Solar Energy Association (ASEA)

Green Building Expo - Scottsdale

  • Date: Friday and Saturday, October 6 &  7
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday
  • Location: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, AZ
  • Cost: Free
  • For More Information: Expo Website
  • Hosts/Sponsors: multiple - see Expo Website

West Sedona Home Tour

  • Date: Saturday, October 7
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tour Description: Monolithic dome home that started an off-grid solar neighborhood. Solar and wind powered generated backup power, solar oven. Heating and cooling cost for first three years $15/ year. See this most passive design and solutions for energy independence.
  • Location: West Sedona - Follow 89a (toward Cottonwood) from Sedona to Dry Creek Road north. Drive about 2.6 miles to the first stop sign. Turn Left on Boynton Pass Road, drive 1.8 miles to second stop sign and turn left (still on Boyton Pass Road) and drive 2.8 miles. Turn Right at the Bear Mt. Road sign and across the cattle guard. The Dome Home Tour is at the 2nd driveway on the right, #320. Helpful map here
  • Cost: $5 donation
  • For More Information: Contact Mason Rumney, (928) 300-7352.
  • Hosts/Sponsors: Masonry Domes

Flagstaff Bonus Tour - Straw Bale Workshop

  • Date: Oct. 14
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - late afternoon
  • Description: Rob and Carrie Henderson are building a straw bale home and invite you to participate in a bale workshop.
  • Location:  13154 North Northstar Lane. Go past the Mall on 89 to Brandis Way. Turn left and go past the white fence on the right. Turn right on Northstar Lane. Take the second driveway on the left.  Mapquest link.

Phoenix/Valley of the Sun Solar Extravaganza Week

  • Oct. 14 - APS Solar Test & Research (STAR) Center Open House/First Annual Science Fair - 1500 E. University Dr., Tempe, 9:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
  • Oct. 19 - ASEA/AzSC/SGBC lecture/presentation - Living With the Sun - Arizona Style, A Virtual Tour - more information here.
  • Oct. 21 - Valley of the Sun Solar Tour
  • Oct. 22 - Special Open House(s) (pending)

Valley of the Sun Solar Tour (Tour of Solar, Green, and Sustainable Buildings)

  • Tour Date: Saturday, October 21
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tour Description: Tour is self guided. Visitors can see a variety of materials, equipment and strategies of passive and active solar, green, and sustainable buildings, and meet the people that live in and use them.  A downloadable, printable tour guide with descriptions and travel directions available here.  
  • Tour Map Options:
    1. For fast connections - Tour Guide (PDF)
    2. For slow (dial-up) connections - Tour Guide (PDF) save to your hard drive BEFORE opening (may take several moments to fully download, right-click over link for download options).
    3. View Tour Guide page-by-page in image format pg. 1, pg. 2, pg. 3, pg. 4, pg. 5, pg. 6, pg. 7, pg. 8.
    4. Pick up a hard copy at select Valley locations:
  • Cost: Free
  • For More Information: Contact Daniel Peter Aiello, Arizona Solar Energy Association - j2envarch@aol.com or (602) 952-8192
  • Hosts/Sponsors: Arizona Solar Energy Association, the State Chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, the Arizona Solar Center, and the City of Scottsdale Green Building Program.  Tour is part of the ASES 2006 National Solar Tour - 'Real Places for Real People.'

Sedona/Verde Valley

  • Tour Date: Oct. 21
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tour Description: Sedona/Verde Valley Solar, Sustainable, and Green Homes Tour. From the extraordinary to ordinary. From state-of-the-art to creative simplicity. View what's new and old in sustainable, green, and active and passive solar. See the homes, meet the owners/builders, all on one self guided tour. Self-guided.  A downloadable, printable tour guide with descriptions and travel directions available here.
  • Tour Maps: Downloadable/printable PDF  Hard copy guides available at New Frontier's in Sedona and Mount Hope Foods in Cottonwood.
  • Cost: Free
  • For More Information: Read Oct. 13 press release, contact Bill Buckner Arizona Solar Energy Association (ASEA) Northern Region Director, billbuckner@realsedona.com or (928) 203-1018
  • Hosts/Sponsors: Arizona Solar Energy Association (ASEA) Sedona/Verde Valley Chapter

Tucson - 11th Annual Tucson Innovative Home Tour & Tucson Solar Tour

  • Tour Date(s): Saturday/Sunday, October 28/29
  • Time:  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 Sunday
  • Tour Description: See over 20 exceptional, award-winning and nationally recognized homes and speak with owners, designers and builders in this community non-profit, non-commercial sharing of the latest practical innovations and good practices. Tour guidebook includes site descriptions, directions and map so you can plan your own tour. Available at many locations.
  • Tour Maps:  Included in tour guidebook.
  • Cost: $10/person or family.  Bring a friend for $5.
  • For More Information: visit the Solar Institute on-line, via Email (solarinstitute@aol.com) or by phone (520) 792-6579.
  • Hosts/Sponsors: Listed at Solar Institute website.

Taylor/Snowflake Solar Homes Tour

  • Tour Date: Saturday, October 28
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Tour Description: See homes built with alternative building materials such as insulated cinder blocks, structurally integrated panels, tires, straw bales, and a geodome. Most supply all of their electrical power using wind and sun, with a generator for backup. They are using various methods of deep well pumping (ie. Solar jackpump, gasoline-powered jackpump, windmill and straight solar well pumping). We also have one grid-tie system with battery back-up.
  • Tour Maps: Tour is guided.  Must call Susan at Val-U Solar (928) 536-7835 to reserve your spot.
  • Cost: $10.00, which includes lunch catered by Black Mesa Ranch
  • For more information: Contact Susan at Val-U Solar (928) 536-7835, and see tour announcement here.
  • Hosts/Sponsors: