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Solar Decathlon Organizers Update 2015 Team Roster

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

By Carol Laurie

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Director Richard King today announced that Team Tennessee, comprising Vanderbilt University and Middle Tennessee State University, has withdrawn from the Solar Decathlon 2015 competition.

“We’re disappointed to lose Team Tennessee in the 2015 competition,” King said. “At our workshop in Irvine, the team members showed commitment and enthusiasm for their project. They’ve worked hard over the past year, and I know this is a disappointment for them, their faculty, and their many supporters.”

The team indicated it will continue working with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville and will finish building the house.

“This has been an invaluable experience for the students so far and will continue to be. Solar Decathlon and Habitat for Humanity are providing students an opportunity to learn design, engineering, and construction skills that incorporate sustainability at every turn,” said Vanderbilt University engineering professor and team lead Ralph Bruce. “Our team members and the professors advising them determined funding constraints weren’t conducive to further participation. We are grateful for the opportunity to get this far in Solar Decathlon and look forward to finishing the project independently.”

The updated Solar Decathlon 2015 team roster includes:

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • Clemson University
  • Crowder College and Drury University
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • New York City College of Technology
  • State University of New York at Alfred College of Technology and Alfred University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • University of Florida, National University of Singapore, and Santa Fe College
  • The University of Texas at Austin and Technische Universitaet Muenchen
  • University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine; Saddleback College; Chapman University; and Irvine Valley College
  • West Virginia University and University of Roma Tor Vergata
  • Western New England University, Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, and Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana
  • Yale University.

Carol Laurie is the communications manager of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

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