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Denver, Colorado
October 5-15, 2017

Things To Do

Experience the excitement of the Solar Decathlon! Explore these activities offered at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017:

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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


Solar Decathlon will offer a variety of workshops for visitors to the event. Consumer workshops will be available to the general public, and professional workshops will be available for residential building professionals.

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. Field trips feature tours of the Solar Decathlon village, as well as fun workshops on solar energy and other renewable technologies, energy efficiency, and water conservation. Four Education Days are planned:

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

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

Community festival

The Community Festival will feature sustainable fun with electric cars and bikes, and local food and beverages.