Solar energy has arrived in Orange County, and on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will sponsor a tour of three local homes that have converted to photovoltaic systems, a form of solar based electricity.

During the tour, homeowners will describe the details of the solar energy modifications of their homes. All tours will depart by bus from Shangri La, and an entrance ticket must be purchased. Those wanting to go on the tour must make a reservation by calling 409-670-9799.

Prior to departure, there will be a presentation on some of Shangri La’s environmentally sound practices, and a book on being eco-friendly will be distributed to participants.

Shangri La is considered one of the “greenest” places in Texas having been awarded the Platinum Certification for LEED®-NC, which verifies its design and construction reached the highest green building and performance measures.

Shangri La Director Michael Hoke says, “Today, even in small communities such as Orange, people are getting involved in earth-friendly practices. Three local homeowners have gone the extra mile by reducing their carbon footprints through the use of solar energy.”

Located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information call 409-670-9113 or visit