The 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is scheduled and has found a new location. The event scheduled for Sept 23 – Oct 2, 2011 will be held on the National Mall, West Potomac Park this year. I am looking forward to another event with great energy, great innovation, and the next generation of leaders in the energy revolution. Will you be attending? We will certainly be there again to learn, observe, and be inspired. While we have only done one net-zero house for clients so far, I know there are more to come in the near future.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges 20 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.
The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002; the competition has since occurred biennially in 2005, 2007, and 2009. Open to the public free of charge, visitors can tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today.