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Join Secretary Granholm in Announcing Solar Decathlon Winners for 2020 Build Challenge and 2021 Design Challenge

Friday, April 16, 2021

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Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm will announce the winners of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® 2020 Build Challenge and 2021 Design Challenge during the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Join Secretary Granholm and the 66 collegiate institutions from around the world, representing 72 teams and 12 countries. The ceremony will be live streamed at 1:00 p.m. ET.


About the Solar Decathlon
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition that prepares the next generation of building professionals to design and build high-performance, low-carbon buildings powered by renewables. The Design Challenge is a one- to two-semester, design-only competition, while the Build Challenge is a two-year design-build competition.

Since 2002, the Solar Decathlon has challenged more than 20,000 students to create efficient, affordable buildings powered by renewables, while promoting student innovation, STEM education, and workforce development opportunities in the buildings industry.

Buildings account for 74% of electricity use, 39% of total energy use, and 35% of carbon emissions in the United States. Solar Decathlon supports a key strategy for tackling climate challenges—developing a workforce well equipped to design and construct a low-carbon building stock and to deliver an equitable clean energy future.

Applications for the Solar Decathlon 2022 Design Challenge and 2023 Build Challenge will open this summer. Additional details are available on the Solar Decathlon website.



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