Solar Decathlon 2013 Brings Future Solar House Designs

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My dear friends and fellow solar enthusiasts, it’s time for an update of another Solar Event, Solar Decathlon, taking place on the other side of the planet (Orange County Great Park, Irvine, CA). There are so much going on in the solar world that I wouldn’t mind cloning myself just to be able to cover all of these solar events in person. Where one area of technological limitation may be remedied by the strength of another.

Solar Decathlon 2013 of U.S. Department of Energy-Collegiate teams at Orange County Great Park, Irvine, CA (Credit: U.S. Department of Energy)

As mentioned in our Oct. 3, 2013 post, Solar Decathlon is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

The Solar Decathlon Competition

In the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, collegiate teams design and build energy-efficient houses powered by the sun. These teams spend almost two years creating houses to compete in the 10 contests of the Solar Decathlon. The winning team produces a house that:

  • Is affordable, attractive, and easy to live in
  • Maintains comfortable and healthy indoor environmental conditions
  • Supplies energy to household appliances for cooking, cleaning, and entertainment
  • Provides adequate hot water
  • Produces as much or more energy than it consumes.

Learn more about the Solar Decathlon:

Or find out how your team can apply for the next Solar Decathlon.

In our next post, there will be series of photos from this event/contest.

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