Update: Solar Decathlon Shuffled to West Potomac Park

A spokeswoman for student participants is reported to have said Solar Decathlon 2011 will be held at the National Harbor in Maryland, according to John McArdle, reporter for E&E News.  I have not confirmed the accuracy of this information and there has been no official announcement of a location change to date.

Earlier this month, the Department of Energy announced that it was looking for an alternative site in order to “protect, improve, and restore the National Mall.” The announcement seemed to ruffle some feathers.

Several senators signed an official letter asking the secretaries of both the Department of Energy and the Department of the Interior to put the event back on the National Mall, according to MNN.

At about the same time, The Washington Post published an editorial supporting the move because — in so many words — the National Mall has become a “national disgrace” as a result of neglect and overuse.

An official announcement on the new location for Solar Decathlon 2011 is coming soon, according to McArdle.

Coincidentally, as pointed out by the Washington City Paper, the National Mall will be used by the Library of Congress for an expanded two-day National Book Festival from September 24-25.  The timing of this event coincides with the original dates reserved for Solar Decathlon 2011.  LOC just issued a press release announcing the expanded event.

Credit: Stefano Paltera/DOE Solar Decathlon 2009.