California Wins Big in 2013 Solar Decathlon
The Department of Energy announced the 20 university teams selected to participate in the next Solar Decathlon in the U.S....and California is a big winner with four teams from the Golden State. The third place winner in 2009, Santa Clara University, will be joined by newcomers Stanford, University of Southern California, and a collaboration between Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology.
And, none of the four teams will need to travel far. The Solar Decathlon is moving to the west coast. The international event will be held in the fall of 2013 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California and promises to be an outstanding opportunity for visitors to see cutting edge solar technology and innovative design.
Earning a trip to California with their solar-powered homes are four international universities in addition to sixteen entries from the U.S. – all participating in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon which is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.
Follow the progress of Solar Decathlon 2013 on Facebook, Twitter, and Energy.gov, and to learn more about the Solar Decathlon and take a virtual tour visit the Solar Decathlon 2011 web site. Visit our blog regularly to learn more about how Applied Materials supports the Solar Decathlon.