By Carol Anna
Visiting the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 is all about touring solar-powered houses designed, built, and operated by collegiate teams from four countries.
Or is it?
For the first time ever, there’s a lot more to the Solar Decathlon than touring the world’s coolest houses. As if that weren’t enough, Solar Decathlon 2013 is hosted at the Orange County Great Park alongside the XPO, a dynamic clean-energy exposition. At the XPO, you can:
- Drive fuel-efficient hybrid and zero-emission, plug-in electric vehicles
- Ride an electric bike, the latest in bicycling technology
- Visit the Kids Discovery Village for a fun, interactive look at energy, design, and innovation
- Hear new perspectives on clean, renewable, and efficient energy at the Powerful Ideas Symposium
- Check out exhibits at the SunShot Innovation Pavilion educational trade show
- Enjoy food, beverages, and plenty of sunshine
- And more!
If this sounds like too much to do in one day, you’re probably right. Plan to spend a full day or even two visiting the Solar Decathlon houses. Then come back for the XPO. Or mix and match a bit of each. Whatever you do here, it will be fun, educational, and inspirational.
The Solar Decathlon is open to the public free of charge. Parking at the Orange County Great Park is $5 per vehicle.
Make plans to visit now. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 3–6 and Oct. 10–13. For transportation information and more about how to visit, go to www.the-xpo.org.
Carol Anna is the communications manager of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.