Want To Learn More About Solar Energy For Homes?
U.S. Department of Energy – Solar Decathlon – October 3-13
The U.S. Department of Energy is hosting the Solar Decathlon in Irvine this year – and it’s a fantastic opportunity to learn more about solar energy in homes and sustainable building practices. 20 collegiate teams each design and construct a house, erecting them all in a “solar village” for the public to tour. These houses must generate their own energy, appeal to consumers, and demonstrate innovative architectural and engineering design. Admission is FREE to the public!
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.
Solar Decathlon Teams
The university-led teams that design, build, and operate the competition’s solar-powered houses are the heart of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. These teams will compete in Solar Decathlon 2013:
- Arizona State University and The University of New Mexico
- Czech Republic: Czech Technical University
- Kentucky/Indiana: University of Louisville, Ball State University and University of Kentucky
- Middlebury College
- Missouri University of Science and Technology
- Norwich University
- Santa Clara University
- Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology
- Stanford University
- Stevens Institute of Technology
- Team Alberta: University of Calgary
- Team Austria: Vienna University of Technology
- Team Capitol DC: The Catholic University of America, George Washington University, and American University
- Team Ontario: Queen’s University, Carleton University, and Algonquin College
- Team Texas: The University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Community College
- Tidewater Virginia: Hampton University and Old Dominion University
- University of Nevada Las Vegas
- The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- University of Southern California
- West Virginia University.
The competition is always interesting, and I highly recommend you attend if you would like to learn more about solar energy for homes and innovative new technologies and products for your home.
The Solar Village will be open October 3 – 6 and October 10-13 from 11am to 7pm, at Orange County Great Park, in Irvine, CA. Admission is FREE and parking is $5.
I hope to see you there.
LEED Green Associate
The Wahlberg Group
Keller Williams Pacific Estates