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U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

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Solar Decathlon Press Room

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon press room provides contacts, information, and resources to members of the media who cover Solar Decathlon-related news.

Event Overview

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

The competition shows consumers how to save money and energy with affordable clean energy products that are available today. The Solar Decathlon also provides participating students with hands-on experience and unique training that prepares them to enter our nation's clean energy workforce.

The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002; the competition has since occurred every two years in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013.

The next Solar Decathlon will take place Oct. 8–18, 2015, at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. The Solar Decathlon competition houses will be open to visitors from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily on eight days over two weekends:

  • Thursday, Oct. 8–Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015
  • Thursday, Oct. 15–Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015.

Open to the public free of charge, the Solar Decathlon gives visitors the opportunity to tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today.

Press Resources

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Background Information

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Media Contacts

The contact information provided below is for media only. If you are not a member of the media but would like additional information, please see the Solar Decathlon contacts page. If you are a member of the media and have questions about the Solar Decathlon, please contact:

Chris Kielich
Office of Public Affairs
U.S. Department of Energy
Phone: 202-586-0581

John Horst
U.S. Department of Energy
Phone: 720-356-1580