By Carol Anna
Consistently appearing in first place in overall standings throughout the competition, the University of Maryland won the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced the competition results today before an excited audience that packed the main tent in the solar village.
“Maryland is a well-experienced team. After taking second place in 2007, they rested and regrouped in 2009 and came to West Potomac Park in 2011 focused and determined to win,” said Solar Decathlon Director Richard King. “In addition, Maryland’s Watershed is a beautiful house, judged first place in Architecture, which also performed impeccably in measured contests. This team mastered their strategies to ensure they excelled in all 10 contests.”
Purdue University took second place in the competition, and New Zealand (Victoria University of Wellington) received the third-place award.
The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.
Results for the fifth and final juried contest, Market Appeal, were announced today prior to the competition winners. Middlebury College placed first.
“Self-Reliance left the jury very impressed, eclipsing our expectations across the board in livability and marketability,” said Brad Beeson, Market Appeal juror. “Middlebury College defined its market carefully—a young family of four with a modest income for the region—and demonstrated the fit for that target market with a very compelling video.”
Maryland came in second in Market Appeal, and New Zealand came in third.
The Market Appeal contest judges each house’s livability, buildability, and marketability.
For more final results, see the Solar Decathlon 2011 scores and standings.
Carol Anna is the communications manager of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.