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West Virginia University Withdraws From Solar Decathlon 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Photo of the Solar Decathlon 2017 team from West Virginia University; they are a group of about 20 students, men and women, smiling and wearing various designs of blue and gold WVU t-shirts. A skyline featuring a ridge of Appalachian Mountains is in the background.

Today, competition organizers announced that West Virginia University has withdrawn from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017.

“I am sorry to hear that West Virginia will not be able to build OASIS for the upcoming competition,” said Linda Silverman, Solar Decathlon director. “This group of dedicated students and faculty, several of whom also competed in Solar Decathlon 2015, are committed to affordable, sustainable housing in West Virginia. We applaud their efforts to design a house that blends Appalachian traditions with modern technologies to improve on the past for a better future.”

Members of the West Virginia team indicated they faced financial challenges that prevented them from being able to build their competition house, even though they fully met the rigorous competition requirements through submission of construction documents.

Solar Decathlon organizers appreciate the efforts of students and faculty members on the West Virginia team for helping to educate the public about the benefits of sustainable design and producing top-quality work and diligently submitting deliverables for the project, even in the face of budget uncertainties. Whatever the future holds, we know the Solar Decathlon attracts the best and brightest, and we have every confidence that the West Virginia Solar Decathletes will go on to productive and rewarding careers as top-notch entrepreneurs and employees.

We look forward to seeing the university represented at a Solar Village in the future—whether as visitors to Denver this October or as participants in another competition at home or abroad.

The modified Solar Decathlon 2017 roster includes the following teams:

  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of Maryland
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • HU University of Applied Science Utrecht
  • Northwestern University
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, School of Engineering and Architecture Fribourg, Geneva University of Art and Design, and the University of Fribourg
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham; University of Alabama, Huntsville; and Calhoun Community College
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Daytona State College
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • Washington University
  • Washington State University

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