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JOHNSON CITY — While solar electricity isn’t anything new, Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials hope people will take new interest in the concept.

One way to learn more about solar energy and how to use it is by seeing how other homeowners utilize it.

On Oct. 12, people with even a slight interest in solar energy can do just that through the PEC’s Hill Country Solar Tour.

The event gives people a chance to check out homes where the owner has attached solar panels for some energy production.

“If you’ve been thinking about solar energy, the Hill Country Solar Tour provides a great opportunity to see local installations in person, talk with PEC members who’ve gone solar and meet experienced installers and solar professionals,” said Michael Racis, PEC vice president of communications.

The event starts at the PEC Oak Hill office, 9115 Circle Dr. in Austin. The tour starts at 9 a.m. with an official kick off and solar presentations. PEC CEO John Hewa will be on hand to get things rolling.

The self-guided tour runs from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. People can get a list of participants and locations at the event or at the electric co-op’s website,

“We’ve also lined up some other things,” said Kay Jarvic, a PEC media representative. “One of the things is a solar car workshop for kids.”

The hands-on event is 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Oak Hill location.

There will also be solar and energy efficiency exhibits from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oak Hill office.

PEC has a program through NRG Residential Solar Solutions which provides members with a solar lease option. The agreement allows for interconnection with traditional PEC energy sources. Qualified residential PEC members can even get lower up-front solar installation costs through the program. For information on the solar option, go to the PEC website or NRG’s at

But the first step may be seeing how other PEC members use solar energy.

“Even if you have only a few hours to spare, the Hill Country Solar Tour is worth checking out,” Racis said. “In the morning there will be fun and educational activities for the whole family, including presentations from solar industry experts, hands-on exhibits and a kids solar car workshop.”