By Solar Decathlon
In support of President Obama’s commitment to a clean energy future, the Energy Department today began the process to select collegiate teams to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015. Colleges, universities, and other post-secondary educational institutions are welcome to submit proposals. Up to 20 teams will be selected to begin two-year projects to build solar-powered, highly energy-efficient houses that combine affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence.
Selected teams will design, construct, and test their houses before reassembling them at the Solar Decathlon 2015 competition site, which will be announced in the coming months. As part of the Solar Decathlon, teams compete in 10 contests while gaining valuable real-world experience in a growing global industry.
In fall 2015, the student teams will showcase their solar-powered houses to the public at the competition site to demonstrate renewable energy systems and energy-efficient technologies, products, and appliances already available to homeowners to help them save money by saving energy. The selected teams and their proposed projects will represent a range of design approaches, building technologies, target markets, geographic locations, climates, and regions.