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12 Solar-Powered Houses You’ll See at Solar Decathlon 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

By Mike Mueller 

Editor’s Note: This entry has been cross-posted from EERE’s Energy blog.

One month from now, a solar-powered village will suddenly appear in Denver, Colorado, showcasing the latest innovation in building science and design. From modular construction to water conservation and re-use strategies, this year’s crop of Solar Decathlon houses has it all when it comes to technology, design and creativity.

But don’t take our word for it, see for yourself in this photo gallery that breaks down all 12 university team houses. Then, mark your calendar for October 5-15, in the Mile High City. It’s an event you’re not going to want to miss.

Photo Gallery: Solar Decathlon Sneak Peek

Developed as a prototype for sustainable housing for Native American communities, reACT is a “kit-of-parts” modular house featuring smart systems that harness solar energy, and turn used water and waste into useful resources. With a composting system, hydroponic garden, vegetable garden, and movable “living walls” covered in plants, reACT also demonstrates urban farming—an important facet of self-sufficient living.
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