The biennial Solar Decathlon is coming up next month with teams preparing their solar-powered homes for West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. The competition will showcase modern, energy-efficient homes from 19 teams from September 23 – October 2, 2011. We’ve taken a look at the architectural models for each home and continue our coverage this year with a look at the renderings.  There’s some great work here.  Any predictions?  Which team will take it all?

Appalachian State University
The Solar Homestead —

Florida International University
perFORM[D]ance House —

Middlebury College
Self-Reliance —

New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington
First Light —

The Ohio State University
enCORE —

Parsons and Stevens Institute of Technology
Empowerhouse —

Purdue University
INhome —


Team Belgium: Ghent University
E-Cube —

Canada: University of Calgary
Technological Residence, Traditional Living (TRTL) —

Team China: Tongji University
Y Container —

Team Florida (USF, FSU, UCF, and UF)
Flex House —

Team Massachusett (MassArt, Umass Lowell)
4D Home —

Team New Jersey (Rutgers, NJIT)
ENJOY House —

Team New York (The City College of New York)
Solar Roofpod —

Tidewater Virginia (ODU, Hampton U)
Unit 6 Unplugged —

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Re_home —

University of Maryland
WaterShed —

The University of Tennessee
Living Light: UT Solar Decathlon House —

[+] Check out the Solar Decathlon 2011 models.

*University of Hawaii has withdrawn from competition.

Credits: U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.