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Solar Decathlon 2013: New Teams! New Location!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

By Richard King

We have never been more excited to start a U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. In addition to welcoming 20 new collegiate teams and hundreds of new student decathletes to our 2013 competition, we are announcing a new site: the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. This venue will provide a stage worthy of displaying the teams’ energy-efficient, solar-powered houses to the world.

With each competition, entry into the Solar Decathlon becomes harder. For 2013, we reviewed twice as many proposals as we could accept—and all were well-written and compelling in their own right. We are so pleased with the caliber of the 20 new teams. They represent a passionate, dedicated group full of ideas and anxious to get started. We can’t wait to see their final designs!

The Orange County Great Park is an awesome venue for hosting the Solar Decathlon competition and exhibition. This is the site of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, which the City of Irvine is turning into sustainable parkland for family recreation. The park features a paved runway on which we will build our solar village, which should make set-up for teams easier while providing a pleasant experience for visitors.

Photo of an air strip with mountains in the background.

The Orange County Great Park will host the Solar Decathlon 2013 solar village.

The Orange County Great Park has tremendous potential to make Solar Decathlon 2013 bigger and better than ever. Add 20 collegiate teams brimming with new design innovations and a strong competitive spirit, and we are sure to have a spectacular event.

For information on how to get involved, please visit our sponsors page.

Richard King is director of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

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7 Responses to “Solar Decathlon 2013: New Teams! New Location!”

  1. matthansen Says:

    What a great site for the Decathlon. Lots of sun and epicenter of the U.S. Solar Industry. DOE, welcome to the west coast, leave your rain coats behind.

  2. All-American Pressure Canner Says:

    I’d love to see even more publicity for such a spectacular event! I wish alternate forms of energy were already the norm for US housholds instead of the profit for destroying our earth versions we currently get! Go US DOE!

  3. jacksreview.com Says:

    I agree, it would be very nice to see some affordable energy. (Better said “Affordable Natural Energy” I fail to see how my wife, kids and I spend $250 a month on electric when we are gone 3/4 the time. Thanks for posting this I would love to see more people acting responsible and helping to better the earth as well as our pocket books versus destruction and phat cats taking the lower class for all their hard earned income.

  4. solarpowersystem Says:

    There is such a long way to go to convince people about solar power systems, in the UK i dont believe we are getting full backing yet, but more and more residents are interested in domestic solar panels.

  5. jorge599 Says:

    Hi Richard King,
    Your place is valuable for me.Thanks!

  6. jorge599 Says:

    Hi Richard King,
    Thanks for sharing such a great information .Am looking forward for your net post.

  7. marvinkimble Says:

    Really cool event! Woot, Solar Power!

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