Now underway: The 7th U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is underway in Orange, California, with 16 university/technical school teams from the US, Central America, Singapore, Germany, and Rome that have built solar-powered homes to compete for the big prize — as best solar house — on Oct. 18. The teams and their houses will be put through the paces (design, energy efficiency, household functions such as cooking and laundry) in 10 different contests. Here’s your portal to the 2015 Decathlon
How Teams Compete
For the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, collegiate teams spend almost two years designing and building energy-efficient houses powered by the sun. In the final competition, the teams and their houses go head to head in 10 contests to determine an overall winner.
The winning team produces a house that:
- Is affordable, attractive, and easy to live in
- Maintains comfortable and healthy indoor environmental conditions
- Supplies energy for cooking, cleaning, entertainment, and commuting
- Provides adequate hot water
- Produces as much or more energy than it consumes.
The Lineup: 16 Teams
Check out the teams and get access to their Twitter feeds and Facebook pages to cheer them on
Cal Poly, Clemson, Crowder/Drury, Florida/Singapore, Mass/Central America, Missouri S&T, New York City Tech, Sacramento State, Stevens, Team NY Alfred, Team Orange County, Team Tennessee, Texas/Germany, University at Buffalo, UC Davis, West Virginia/Rome, Yale
See the 2015 Solar Village take shape in this time-lapse photo sequence
Read and Learn More
Green News Update has been following the Solar Decathlon since 2005. Here are some of our stories about the competition and the teams — and what everyone learned from this intense, inspiring project.
European Solar Decathlon 2014 in Versailles France Wrapup story
US Solar Decathlon 2013 Wrapup story
Solar Decathlon China 2013 Wrapup story
European Solar Decathlon 2012 (Photo gallery)
European Solar Decathlon Wrapup story (2012)