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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? Learn more below, and look for additional information on this page soon.

Solar Decathlon 2017 Collegiate Teams

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 offered monetary prizes. For Solar Decathlon 2017, DOE planned to award up to $2,000,000 in prizes to teams selected to participate and bring an eligible house to the Solar Decathlon competition. The prizes were awarded to the same lead organizational entities that submitted applications to DOE under this competition, were selected by DOE to compete, and completed a house for the Solar Decathlon. Recipients received no federal funding up front but were 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 about the past process, 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