Long Hollow Suri Alpacas in Gallatin will be featured on a tour of facilities with solar panels Saturday, Oct. 8. / Submitted photo
The Middle Tennessee Solar Tour features a Gallatin business as part of the 16th annual National Solar Tour hosted by the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES).
Sponsored by LightWave Solar, the Middle Tennessee Solar Tour runs Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The self-guided tour showcases five energy-efficient homes, one nonprofit and three businesses, including Long Hollow Suri Alpacas in Gallatin.
It is one of hundreds of tours throughout the country that show participants the direct perspectives of businesses, home owners and installers about the costs, processes and benefits of going solar.
â€œUntil recently, many solar adopters were more compelled by protecting the planet than preserving what was in their wallets,â€ said LightWave Solarâ€™s Technical Sales Manager Jason Campbell. â€œBut solar costs have dropped 25 percent in the past four years. With higher panel efficiencies, lower price tags and a treasure trove of domestic market incentives, todayâ€™s solar solutions are as much an economic play as an environmental one.â€
Solar systems qualify for a 30 percent federal tax credit and businesses receive accelerated depreciation benefits. Many sites on the tour have little or no electric bills and some see a credit that rolls over each month.
Long Hollow Suri Alpacas is located at 698 Wallace Road in Gallatin. The event is free and open to the public. For tour details and map, visit lightwavesolar.com.
â€“For the Gallatin News Examiner