Solar Decathlon (1)


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Let’s take a break from the political aspect of renewable energy and shift our attention to education and R & D for a moment. The coming series will be presentations of Solar Decathlon. Solar Decathlon of the U.S. Department of Energy is an international competition started/created by Richard King in 2002 (also held in 2005, 2007, 2009)that challenges 20 or so collegiate teams to design, build, and operate the most appealing and effective energy efficient solar-powered house. The winning team would have a design that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, design excellence, and optimal energy production consideration.

The next Solar Decathlon event is scheduled to take place at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park from September 23 to October 2, 2011. It will be open to the public and free of charge, weekdays: 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M., weekends: 10:00A.M.-5:30 P.M.

Solar Decathlon 2011 map

It is intended for public/visitors to tour ultra-efficient houses, to gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how to maximize energy efficiency in their own homes.

More information may be found at:

The Solar Decathlon challenges the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs to become pioneers of clean energy technology and efficient building design,” said Secretary Chu.  “This is a great opportunity for these talented students to showcase cutting edge technologies that will change the way we build homes and save families money.”

Solar Decathlon showcases student-built energy efficient and cutting edge technology homes

The competition is presented by the U.S. Department of Energy and organized by NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory).  There is also a Solar Decathlon Europe, established in 2007 between U.S and Spain, and a Solar Decathlon China established between U.S. Department of Energy and China’s National Energy Administration, Peking University, and Applied Material in 2011 and will be held in 2013.

To understand more about the purpose of this Solar Decathlon, please view the clip below:



Here at Sun Is The Future, there will be presentations of various designs from different parts of the world.  Be prepared to be awed!

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