By Amy Vaughn
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeking a new location for Solar Decathlon 2013. DOE hopes to provide other communities with the opportunity to host the competition and share the economic and education and outreach benefits of the event.
Since 2002, the Solar Decathlon has been held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where it has successfully showcased energy-efficient housing and clean energy technologies. For Solar Decathlon 2013, DOE is seeking a new venue. The event will promote the outreach, education, and economic benefits of energy security, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. By showcasing these technologies, the event should help launch workforce development and renewable energy activities in the area that hosts the Solar Decathlon. In addition, the event should stimulate the local economy by bringing in tourism dollars from those attending.
Through DE-FOA-0000521: 2013 Solar Decathlon and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Showcase Event, DOE intends to partner with a recipient that will host Solar Decathlon 2013. Ideally, this partnership will include appropriate city, state, and local governments.
Initial concept papers are due Nov. 7, 2011. For additional information, see the full text of DE-FOA-0000521: 2013 Solar Decathlon and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Showcase Event. Questions should be directed to email@example.com.
Amy Vaughn is the web coordinator of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.