This piece was originally published in the September 2017 issue of electroindustry.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a public–private partnership, is a collegiate competition that challenges student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. This international competition has been a driving force in raising awareness about clean energy since 2002. Technologies and solutions used in solar decathlon homes have advanced the residential building industry in the United States and abroad.
The event challenges and inspires students to become the next green energy industry leaders, helping them gain invaluable hands-on experience with appealing designs, sustainable materials, and cutting-edge technologies. The 12 collegiate teams competing in 2017 will focus on innovation; water use and reuse strategies; smart energy use; market potential; cost-effective architectural and engineering design; energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, appliances, and electronics; occupant health and comfort; and communications.
The 2017 event in Denver, Colorado, will be open to the public October 5 through October 15. For more information, visit www.solardecathlon.gov.