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U.S. Ambassador Solomont Visits Solar Decathlon Europe

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Today at 11 a.m., U.S. Ambassador to Spain Alan Solomont visited Solar Decathlon Europe.

Much to the delight of the U.S. teams, Ambassador Solomont toured the University of Florida house and then the Virginia Tech house. The ambassador also visited two Spanish teams: the Universidad de Sevilla and the Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera. Finally, he visited Tongji University’s Bamboo House. Ambassador Solomont praised the students and faculty and was very impressed by their work. He spent more than an hour and a half touring the houses.

As of this morning, Virginia Tech was 38 points in the lead! The team is thrilled to be in first place overall and is working hard to stay ahead of Ecole National Supérieure darchitecture de Grenoble, which is in second place. The French are proving to be tough competitors in their first competition.

This afternoon at 5 p.m., the awards for the Engineering contest will be announced. This is an important contest that will affect many of the teams, so stay tuned!

Richard King is the director of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Throughout the Solar Decathlon Europe competition, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon organizers are reporting from Madrid.

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