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October 5-15, 2017

Solar Decathlon Blog - Events

Below you will find Solar Decathlon news from the Events archive, sorted by date.

Bark Twice if Your Dog Wants to Go Solar

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Solar Decathlon has inspired many design competitions over the past 15 years, among them the Energy Department’s Collegiate Wind Competition, Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s Tiny House Competition, the Alliance for Green Heat’s Wood Stove Design Challenge, and EmPower’s Solar Student Competition. But we’ve never seen anything quite like this before.

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Energy Secretary Opens Solar Decathlon Village

Thursday, October 8, 2015

By Carol Laurie

To the cheers of hundreds of student decathletes, Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz brandished a pair of giant scissors and cut a ceremonial ribbon to open the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 village. The competition and public exhibit have begun!

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United States, China Agree to Second Solar Decathlon China

Monday, July 20, 2015

By Carol Laurie

The U.S. Department of Energy, the National Energy Administration of the People’s Republic of China, and China Overseas Development Association have finalized a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the second edition of Solar Decathlon China. 

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Solar Decathlon Continues International Expansion with Solar Decathlon Middle East

Thursday, June 18, 2015

By Solar Decathlon

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is proud to announce the newest member of its global family: Solar Decathlon Middle East, to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Solar Decathlon 2015 Kicks Off With Irvine Workshop

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

By Carol Laurie

The countdown begins! On Jan. 9 and 10, some 250 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 students, faculty, and organizers gathered in Irvine, California, for a workshop that served as the backdrop for a weekend of comradery and intense information download.

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Salut Versailles! Solar Decathlon Europe Opens to Visitors

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

By Carol Laurie

On June 28, 20 competition houses from 17 countries and three continents open to visitors in La Cité du Soleil—Solar Decathlon Europe’s solar city in Versailles, France.

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Solar Decathlon Expands Again: Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean Announced

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

By Solar Decathlon

The Solar Decathlon is proud to announce the newest member of its global family: Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean. On Monday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman, Colombia Minister of Energy and Mines Amylkar Acosta, Mayor of Santiago de Calí Rodrigo Guerrero, and Director of Planning of Colombia Tatyana Orozco signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the development of Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean.

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Energy Department Announces Solar Decathlon 2015 Collegiate Teams and Location

Thursday, February 13, 2014

By Solar Decathlon

Today, the Energy Department announced the 20 collegiate teams selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015. It also announced that the competition will take place at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

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Solar Decathlon Village Welcomes High-Energy Schoolchildren

Thursday, October 10, 2013

By Solar Decathlon

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 received a jolt of energy today when busloads of students from local southern California middle and high schools visited the Solar Decathlon village for tours of solar-powered competition houses as part of the Solar Decathlon School Days program.

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Let the Competition Begin!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

By Carol Anna

With a snip of giant scissors, a ribbon holding back throngs of student decathletes, sponsors, officials, and other well-wishers fell aside, and the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 officially opened.

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California Challenge Brings Energy-Efficient Racing to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO

Friday, August 23, 2013

By Amy Vaughn

Mark your calendars for an exciting new addition to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO! Oct. 4–6, 2013, the XPO Transportation Zone will feature the California Challenge, a competitive time trial of energy-efficient vehicles. 

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Solar Decathlon China Kicks Off

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Yesterday’s Solar Decathlon China opening ceremony was grand!

A huge stage, complete with three video screens, was set up on the steps of the Sun Palace. The mayor of Datong opened Friday’s opening ceremony by speaking about the future—a cleaner, brighter future, thanks to the efforts of students and faculty participating in Solar Decathlon China. Other dignitaries, including Assistant Secretary David Danielson of the U.S. Department of Energy, also spoke. Dr. Danielson said how pleased he was to be in Datong witnessing the first Solar Decathlon in China. He congratulated everyone for making the competition possible.

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Solar Decathlon Dates Set for October 3–13, 2013

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

By Carol Anna

Mark your calendar! The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 will take place Oct. 3–13, 2013, at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

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Solar Education Days Turn the Solar Village into a Classroom

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

By Alexis Powers

The next generation of solar innovators continued to arrive by the busload to the solar village in West Potomac Park today. Between Monday, Sept. 26, and Tuesday, Sept. 27, more than 66 buses brought local eighth-grade students to learn about energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

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Building Industry Day Spreads the Solar Word

Friday, September 23, 2011

By Alexis Powers

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon welcomed building industry professionals today with a series of workshops held in the Main Tent. Topics included “A Look at Industry Trends in Building Designs,” “Building the Solar Heating and Cooling Industry,” and “The Key to Sustaining Energy-Efficient Behaviors.” (more…)

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