In a few hours, the U.S. Department of Energy will announce final results of the Solar Decathlon at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Solar Decathlon is a competition of 20 teams of college and university students to design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house. There are 10 subjective and objective contests in these categories: architecture, market viability, engineering, lighting design, communications, comfort zone, hot water, appliances, home entertainment, and net metering. At this time, the engineering and net metering contests are the only scores that have not been released. Is the suspense getting to you yet?
Illinois is the leader of the pack, but Team Germany may be the overwhelming favorite. Nevertheless, each team’s contribution is worth considering. For this reason, here’s our wrap up of Solar Decathlon 2009 with images and links to team websites. Congrats to everyone and thanks for the inspiration …
Photo credits: Department of Energy/Solar Decathlon.
Article tags: alternative energy, Solar Decathlon