The American Solar Energy Society is once again hosting a National Solar Tour on Saturday, October 4, 2003. This tour focuses on homes and businesses that utilize solar energy in their design and operation.

I’m pleased that one of the homes Northfield Construction Company built is going to be featured on this solar energy tour. The Northfield home is the Bob and Suzannah Ciernia residence at 41 Fareway Drive.

Their home has photovoltaic cells incorporated into the roof system. The photocells generate electricity which is metered and sold back to Xcel Energy.

Residential clients that are willing to incorporate new technology into their homes is one of the best proving grounds for new products. Not everyone is in a position to work with new products, such as the photovoltaic roof membrane, but we all gain from the information gathered from these systems.