UC Irvine among 20 teams to compete in 2015 worldwide solar home design contest

2015 Solar Decathlon

U.S. Dept. of Energy

A team comprised of four schools from Orange County - UC Irvine, Chapman University, Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College - will compete in the 2015 Solar Decathlon. 'Team Orange' is one of 20 teams competing to design the most innovative, efficient and affordable solar home.

Team Austria Solar Decathlon House

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Team Austria's house won First Place in the Solar Decathlon at Great Park in Irvine

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013


California landed five of 20 teams selected Thursday for the Department of Energy's worldwide solar decathlon - where schools compete to design and build solar homes.

One of the five teams, dubbed "team orange," is made up of  students from UC Irvine, Chapman University, Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College and will create a home that is drought-resistant. 

“I’m thrilled that Team Orange has been selected to compete in this world-class event,” Gregory Washington, dean of UC Irvine’s Samueli School of Engineering, said in a news release.

The event takes place next year in Orange County's Great Park - the same location as the 2013 event - and teams will be judged on the efficiency, affordability and innovation of their design. 

“The home team can definitely win,” said Washington, who is leading the team.

The 20 teams design, build and test their solar houses before reassembling them in Irvine. 
Other California colleges in the competition include Stanford, Cal Poly, CSU Sacramento and UC Davis. 

The Department of Energy announcement includes a list of all 20 teams.

In 2013, Vienna University of Technology beat out second-place University of Nevada-Las Vegas with a solar-powered home.  Czech Technical University of the Czech Republic placed third. 

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