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U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

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How To Apply for the Solar Decathlon

Is your school or community interested in participating in the next U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon? Find out what you need to know to apply below.

Solar Decathlon 2017 Collegiate Teams

The U.S. Department of Energy intends to issue a collegiate team solicitation for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 in fall 2015. Teams wanting to apply to participate in Solar Decathlon 2017 should check this page in early fall 2015, when we will have further details on the team solicitation and competition.

Institutions considering the submission of a proposal for future competitions are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Solar Decathlon rules and the Solar Decathlon 2015 funding opportunity announcement. The Solar Decathlon 2015 Rules document will be the basis for the 2017 competition, though the rules will be revised prior to the 2017 competition based on lessons learned and technology advancements at Solar Decathlon 2015. In addition, core team members from prospective schools are encouraged to attend some or all of the 2015 competition to observe the teams in action and learn valuable lessons that can be applied to their own projects.

Solar Decathlon 2017 Host Location

The U.S. Department of Energy also intends to issue a solicitation for the host location of Solar Decathlon 2017 in fall 2015. Venues or communities interested in hosting this event are encouraged to attend the 2015 competition to prepare for the submission process and gain an understanding of host location requirements and responsibilities. For additional information, check this page in early fall 2015, when we will have further details on the solicitation process.