The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 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.
Oct. 3–13, 2013
Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California
The competition houses will be open to visitors on eight days over two weekends.
Public hours will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily:
Thursday, Oct. 3–Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
Thursday, Oct. 10–Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.
About the sponsor:
The Energy Department is working to ensure America's Energy Future, Scientific & Technological Leadership, Nuclear Security and to resolve the environmental legacy of the cold war.
The Solar Decathlon:
- Educates students and the public about the money-saving opportunities and environmental benefits presented by clean-energy products and design solutions
- Demonstrates to the public the comfort and affordability of homes that combine energy-efficient construction and appliances with renewable energy systems available today
- Provides participating students with unique training that prepares them to enter our nation's clean-energy workforce