An engineer friend of mine brought a competition to my attention today. It’s called the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. To briefly summarize the history and purpose of the competition – The first competition took place in 2002 and has been ongoing biannually. Roughly 20 university-led teams compete to design, build, and operate a solar powered house that is “cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive”. The list of schools for the 2015 competition include:
– Clemson University
Each team is building a unique house in their respective communities. I linked each team page for more information. Most show and discuss their progress, as well as the students behind the efforts. After two years, the winners (there are 10 contents) are announced out in Irvine, California from October 8th-18th. Best of luck to the teams and I look forward to seeing the results.
Previous Winners Gallery: