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Solar Decathon 2013 and XPO Open

Saturday, October 5, 2013

By Solar Decathlon

Updated Oct. 5, 2013, at 11 a.m.

The Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO opened on time today. Visitors of all ages are invited to learn ways to save money by saving energy while touring the 19 student-built, highly efficient solar-powered houses and experience a 21st-century festival of creativity, technology, design, and education.

The free public event is expected to be open on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will also be open Oct. 10-13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Updated Oct. 4, 2013, at 2:45 p.m.

The Solar Decathlon houses reopened to the public today at approximately 2:30 p.m. PDT. Contests and scoring were not interrupted while the event was temporarily closed. Visit www.solardecathlon.gov/scores.html to track the leaders.

Updated Oct. 4, 2013, at 1:30 p.m.

The Solar Decathlon houses and select areas within the XPO will reopen to the public today at approximately 2:30 p.m. PDT.  Stay tuned for more details, which will be posted soon.

Posted Oct. 4, 2013, at 12 p.m.:

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO is temporarily closed to the public as high winds at the Orange County Great Park prompted officials to wait for better conditions.  Organizers plan to evaluate reopening the event later this afternoon and issue an update by 1:30 p.m. PDT.

U.S. Department of Energy, City of Irvine and city public safety officials made the decision shortly before opening time today.

Santa Ana winds are blowing throughout the Southern California region.  Organizers will be closely monitoring wind conditions throughout the weekend to ensure a safe event environment. The free public event is expected to be open on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The competition contests and scoring continue without interruption.  Visit www.solardecathlon.gov/scores.html to track the leaders.

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