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.
Just Posted: B-Roll for Media
Saturday, Oct. 12: High-definition footage (MOV 530 MB) of the Final Awards Announcement; winning teams, houses and student sound bites; Solar Decathlon village and crowds of visitors.
Thursday, Oct. 3: High-definition footage (MOV 650 MB) of the student teams constructing solar-powered houses, interiors and exteriors of completed houses, and sound bites from the Opening Ceremony and student competitors.
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, and 2011. The last event was held at the National Mall's West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23–Oct. 2, 2011. The next event will take place Oct. 3–13, 2013, at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.
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.
The Solar Decathlon media guide provides important information for members of the press. Learn more about Solar Decathlon:
- Media registration
- Event highlights
- Media access to houses and student teams
- Additional on-site attractions
- Media transportation
- Wireless and reporter lounge
- Leadership bios
- Press releases.
Or download the full Solar Decathlon 2013 Media Kit.
Background Information and Official Online Resources
Explore these resources for additional information about the Solar Decathlon:
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:
Department of Energy Headquarters
Office of Public Affairs
U.S. Department of Energy
On-Site Media Support
U.S. Department of Energy