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Perry Mayer shows some of the solar photovoltaic panels installed on the roof of the YWCA McLean County in Bloomington on Aug. 10, 2017. YWCA will be part of the Illinois Solar Tour on Sept. 22.

BLOOMINGTON — Illinoisans will have an opportunity to get an up-close look at a fast-growing source of energy when more than 100 solar homes and businesses statewide, including several in Central Illinois, open their doors for public tours on Sept. 22.

The Illinois Solar Tour, hosted by the Illinois Solar Energy Association, is a free open house event that allows people to visit nearby homes and businesses with solar installations.

Self-guided tours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 and allow participants to learn from home and business owners about costs, processes and experiences of going solar.

Among Central Illinois buildings that are part of the solar tour is the YWCA McLean County, 1201 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington.

"This is the right thing to do environmentally and we can save money," YWCA Vice President of Operations Liz German said when the panels were being installed in August 2017.

In the past 10 months, YWCA has saved about $14,000 in energy bills, the agency said.

Other McLean County sites on the tour are at 19292 N. 900 East Road and at 706 Eddy Road, both in Bloomington.

Other sites on the tour in The Pantagraph area are at 702 E. 11th St., Delavan; 165 Darden Lane, Washington; 1983 W. Cruger Road, Washington; 8141 Crestview Drive, Hopedale; 1190 N. Noffsinger Road, Metamora.

More information is at www.illinoissolar.org.

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Contact Paul Swiech at (309) 820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech

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