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Solar In Your Community – The 2013 Solar Decathlon

Posted on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at 6:22 pm by Solar Energy USA


First held in 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning contest that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar powered homes that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The competition occurs biannually, and the 2013 event recently concluded after a stiff competition at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.


The Solar Decathlon was originally designed to educate students and the public about the money-saving opportunities and environmental benefits presented by clean-energy products and design solutions. The demonstration also shows to the public the comfort and affordability of homes that combine energy-efficient construction and appliances with renewable energy systems.


Head over to Flickr to see some really cool photos from this year’s Solar Decathlon and click here to see some neat 360° panoramic images of these incredible solar powered homes.

Scores are totaled for 10 different contests including architecture, market appeal, affordability, energy balance, and others. The winner of the affordability contest in 2013 was Team Norwich University who built a home with $168,000 dollar construction costs which was designed to be affordable for those earning 20% less than the Vermont median income: