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Denver, Colorado
October 5-15, 2017
Photo of members of the press taking photos of a decathlete.

Solar Decathlon Press Room

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon press room provides contacts, information, and resources to members of the media covering the Solar Decathlon.

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition made up of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency.

The Solar Decathlon is an intensive course in sustainability for competing teams and visitors alike. Called a "living laboratory," the event is a live demonstration of energy-efficient design, clean energy technologies, smart home solutions, water conservation measures, electric vehicles, and sustainable materials. Solar Decathlon 2017 will also feature a sustainability expo, professional development and consumer workshops, middle-school education events, and a community festival.

This international competition has been a driving force in creating renewable energy and energy efficiency awareness since its inception. The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002; the competition has since occurred biennially in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015.

Solar Decathlon 2017 Location and Dates

Solar Decathlon 2017 is being held in Denver, Colorado, adjacent to the 61st & Peña station on the University of Colorado A line commuter train connecting Denver International Airport to downtown Union Station.

Student teams will provide free public tours of their solar-powered, energy- and water-efficient houses featuring cutting-edge technologies on these dates:

  • Thursday, Oct. 5 – Monday, Oct. 9
  • Thursday, Oct. 12 – Sunday, Oct. 15.

Press Resources

These Solar Decathlon resources provide important information for members of the media. See the following about the Solar Decathlon:

Media Contacts

The contact information provided below is for media only. If you are not a member of the media but would like additional information, please see the Solar Decathlon contacts page. If you are a member of the media and have questions about the Solar Decathlon, please contact:

Chris Kielich
Office of Public Affairs
U.S. Department of Energy
Phone: 202-586-0581

John Horst
U.S. Department of Energy
Phone: 240-562-1580
Cell: 303-434-2823