Balsam Moon in Pine River to participate in Oct. 1 solar tour

Event will include information about the facility's solar array and electric car

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The Balsam Moon Preserve in rural Pine River will participate in the annual National Solar Tour on Oct. 1, 2022, by inviting curious minds to tour their property and view their energy saving efforts.

PINE RIVER — Balsam Moon Preserve of rural Pine River is teaming up with the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society and the American Solar Energy Society in support of the world’s largest grassroots solar event by participating in the 26th annual National Solar Tour.

The National Solar Tour, Oct. 1 and 2, offers both on-site and virtual tours. Participants will be able to view solar tour videos online from all across the country, and some sites will host in-person tours.

This is Balsam Moon Preserve’s sixth year participating in the tour. They will host both a virtual tour and an on-site tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

The site features energy efficient upgrades; commercial solar thermal furnace since 2009; homemade passive solar furnace on garage since 2020; ground mount solar electric array since 2011; energy efficient upgrades to home; alternative building techniques; integrated systems; Electric Vehicle passive; Deep Winter Solar Greenhouse since 2019.

The virtual tour of this site is available via the MRES website at .


The MRES Sustainability Tour, hosted by Minnesota Renewable Energy Society, showcases homes and businesses that feature solar installations, energy storage solutions, water-saving landscapes and more.

Take the tour - online and/or in person - and hear solar-adopters share their planning and installation experiences first-hand. Learn about the cost-savings of sustainable practices and choices to fit your needs.

The ASES self-guided National Solar Tours have attracted more than 150,000 people in 49 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. National Solar Tours afford participants the direct perspectives of homeowners and installers about the costs, processes and economic and environmental benefits of going solar.

The National Solar Tour gives a glimpse at how a variety of solar systems look in and around structures with different architectural styles. Access tours across the nation via the ASES website at

Balsam Moon Preserve is a nonprofit organization with an emerging vision of peace, sustainability and renewal in partnership with earth, spirit and people. Activities and workshops are available for shared learning, there are walking trails, a labyrinth in the woods, hospitality, simple accommodations for overnight visits/retreats, and more as they continue to develop and grow.

For more information, visit and the Facebook site.

The National Solar Tour and MRES Sustainability Tour is a free and a pressure-free way to learn more about options for sustainable living.

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