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Denver, Colorado
October 5-15, 2017

Things To Do

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a live demonstration of the latest technologies and materials in energy-efficient design, clean energy technologies, smart home solutions, water conservation measures, electric vehicles, and sustainable buildings.

Explore these activities offered at Solar Decathlon 2017:

If you are looking for information about hotels, restaurants, and other accommodations and amenities in Denver, the Visit Denver website provides an excellent source of information.

Solar Decathlon TOURS

Visitors can tour the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 competition houses during public exhibit hours:

  • Thursday, Oct. 5–Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 9, 2017: 1 p.m.–7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 12–Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

Two tour options are available:

  • Solar Decathlon Village Tours

    Docents are available on a first-come, first-served basis to provide 20- to 30-minute walking tours of the Solar Decathlon village. These tours depart every 15 minutes from designated locations at the event site.

  • Solar Decathlon House Tours

    See inside the Solar Decathlon houses and meet the team members who built them on a house tour. Each Solar Decathlon team provides approximately 15-minute tours of its competition house during public exhibit hours.


Celebrate the Solar Decathlon with these competition events:

  • Opening Ceremony

    Join us as we kick off the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017! The Opening Ceremony takes place 9:30–11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.

  • Contest Winner Announcements

    The first-, second-, and third-place winners of these contests will be announced as follows:

    • Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, 10:30 a.m.–Architecture Contest and Water Contest
    • Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, 10:30 a.m.–Communications Contest and Innovation Contest
    • Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, 10 a.m.–Engineering Contest and Market Potential Contest (part of the Competition Awards Ceremony)

  • Competition Awards Ceremony

    Join the celebration as we announce the overall winners of Solar Decathlon 2017! The final awards ceremony will take place Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at 10 a.m.

Solar Decathlon Education Events

Homeowner and Consumer Workshops

Consumer and homeowner workshops covering topics such as residential energy efficiency and solar energy will be offered during the Solar Decathlon.

Homeowner and consumer workshops will be offered over four days:

  • Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
  • Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
  • Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
  • Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

Building Professionals Workshops

The Solar Decathlon will provide a living laboratory of examples of technical and design approaches to high-performance homes that incorporate energy efficiency and renewable energy and focus on sustainable design principles.

Continuing education (CEU) workshops for building professionals will be held in the education tent on the following weekdays:

  • Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
  • Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
  • Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

The American Solar Energy Society is holding its annual conference concurrent with the Solar Decathlon and will also offer workshops for consumers and professionals.

Education Days

Middle-school groups can attend an all-day field trip to the Solar Decathlon. Students will be able to ask questions of a dedicated volunteer “mentor” guide, tour the Solar Decathlon village and team houses, interact with the collegiate teams, and participate in an hour-long energy workshop.

Four Education Days are planned:

  • Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 6, 2017: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 13, 2017: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

These field trips are by reservation only. Grants to offset the cost of buses are available to schools. For more information about Education Days, email

Educator Professional Development

Solar Decathlon 2017 offers a one-day educator professional development workshop on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

Registration information will be available in summer 2017.

The Sustainability Expo at Solar Decathlon

The Sustainability Expo 2017 is a consumer-facing exposition providing organizations an opportunity to showcase their energy solutions and services to the general public interested in the latest energy technologies. Visitors to the Solar Decathlon are invited to attend the Sustainability Expo free of charge during these Solar Decathlon public exhibit hours (note, the Expo is not open, Monday, Oct 9, 2017):

  • Thursday, Oct. 5–Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 12–Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

If you are interested in learning about exhibiting at the Sustainability Expo at Solar Decathlon 2017, please contact:

Diane Manuel
MC 2