Solar Decathlon 2011-Winners of the Overall and Market Appeal Contest


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As we resume our report on Solar Decathlon 2011, I am also happy to announce that my hubby Mike is joining the as the camera person and technical consultant. His years of experience in electrical engineering and computer software will definitely be very helpful in broadening our horizon here in Sun Is The Future.


Now back to Solar Decathlon 2011’s final stretch. On October 1, 2011, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said, “…All of these teams must be commended for their hard work. The houses on display blend affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. These talented students are demonstrating to consumers wide range of energy-saving solutions that are available today to save them money on their energy bills.”

The Market Appeal Contest results were announced on October 1, 2011, with Middlebury College’s Self-Reliance taking the first place with the score of 95 out of 10

Middlebury College’s student Melissa Segil prepares a dish during a competition dinner party

Middlebury College’s Self-Reliance won Market Appeal Contest

University of Maryland’s Watershed in the second place with 94 points, and New Zealand’s First Light in the third place with a score of 93. The Market Appeal Contest evaluated the livability of each house and its appeal within the housing market.

Overall Results of Solar Decathlon 2011

All teams competed in ten contests during ten days that gauged each house’s performance, livability, and affordability. The teams performed everyday tasks, including cooking, laundry, and washing dishes, while testing the energy efficiency of their houses. After all contest results were tallied, University of Maryland’s Watershed earned 951.151 points out of the total possible 1000, winning the overall competition,

University of Maryland student Isabel Enerson focuses her attention towards landscaping as the team prepares their house for public tours

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu (left), Director of Solar Decathlon Richard King (right),celebrate with the University of Maryland team after they placed first in the overall contest

Purdue University’s INhome came in second overall with 931.390 points,

Purdue’s INhome shines brightly at night, after a stormy day


and New Zealand’s First Light came in third with overall of 919.058 points.

New Zealand’s Nick Officer greet media at Media Preview Day

New Zealand's Victoria University of Wellington students react to the announcement of placing third overall in Solar Decathlon 2011

Each and every one of these solar home/house designs has its own purpose and individual and brilliant approaches in meeting its own special needs. Full competition results and details about the individual contests may be found at .

Richard King, the Director of Solar Decathlon for the U.S. Department of Energy said, “The Department of Energy would like to thank these incredible students who represented the clean energy workforce of tomorrow and who helped bring this Solar Decathlon competition to life. Today’s announcement is the culmination of thousands of hours of hard work and determination. You have helped to show that any one can save money and energy in their own home starting right now.”

More photos and videos will be in our next post of final wrap-up of Solar Decathlon 2011.

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