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How To Apply for the Solar Decathlon

Is your school or organization interested in participating in the next U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon? Find out what you need to know to apply below.

Solar Decathlon 2017 Collegiate Teams

The teams for Solar Decathlon 2017 have been selected. In the fall of 2015, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) invited collegiate teams of creative designers and innovators to enter the Solar Decathlon 2017 College Team Competition. For the first time in a Solar Decathlon competition, DOE intends to offer monetary prizes. For Solar Decathlon 2017, DOE will award up to $2,000,000 in prizes to teams that are selected to participate and bring an eligible house to the Solar Decathlon competition. The prizes will be awarded to the same lead organizational entities that submit applications to DOE under this competition, are selected by DOE to compete, and complete a house for the Solar Decathlon. Recipients will receive no federal funding up front but will be eligible for prize money upon completion of the competition.

The competition is open to all collegiate teams in the United States and around the world, but the focus is on design solutions for the United States. To learn more, see the 2017 Call for Teams.

Planning for Solar Decathlon 2020

The next Solar Decathlon will take place in 2020. To be kept informed about the next event, please subscribe to our newsletter. For other questions, email