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Solar Decathlon Blog - Solar Decathlon 2015

Below you will find Solar Decathlon news from the Solar Decathlon 2015 archive, sorted by date.

Schneider Electric Signs as Four-Time Solar Decathlon Sustaining Sponsor

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

By Carol Laurie

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is pleased to announce that Schneider Electric has signed on as a Solar Decathlon 2015 sustaining sponsor. A sustaining sponsor since 2009, Schneider Electric will provide the engineering design and supplemental equipment for our microgrid—a temporary, two-way power flow electrical system to interconnect the Solar Decathlon village and collegiate team competition houses. The company is also supplying the engineering design, hardware, software, and operation of the electrical microgrid monitoring system, which provides data for contest scoring.

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The Distance From Texas to Germany Shrinks to Net-Zero in NexusHaus

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The 5,500-mile distance from Austin, Texas, to Munich, Germany, melts away with NexusHaus, a U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 project that combines students from the United States and Europe.

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University at Buffalo, The State University of New York GRoWs a Solar House

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

By Ernie Tucker

Upstate Buffalo, New York, isn’t typically associated with gardens. More people probably envision Buffalo covered in the lake-effect snow of frigid Lake Erie than in greenery.

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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King today announced that Team Tennessee, comprising Vanderbilt University and Middle Tennessee State University, has withdrawn from the Solar Decathlon 2015 competition.

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Solar Decathlon Welcomes Sustaining Sponsor Wells Fargo

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

By Carol Laurie

Wells Fargo has returned as a sustaining sponsor of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, becoming the first sponsor to confirm sustaining-level support for Solar Decathlon 2015.

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Clemson University Solves 3-D Jigsaw To Build a Solar House

Monday, January 26, 2015

By Ernie Tucker

It’s not easy to get 50 people to work together, meet deadlines, and exchange ideas on a long-term project. Sometimes, it feels like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. As the Clemson University team designed the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 project it calls Indigo Pine, that “puzzle” mentality may have influenced its approach.

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West Virginia/Rome Team Merges Classical and Southern STILE

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

By Ernie Tucker

The aroma of Italian cooking will waft from STILE, the West Virginia University and University of Roma Tor Vergata entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015, during the team’s dinner parties. Those meals will showcase the Italian influence on this partnership between West Virginian and Italian cultures.

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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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Solar Decathlon Director Encourages Individual Action in TEDxOrangeCoast Talk

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

By Carol Laurie

You can make a difference. That was the message of Solar Decathlon Director Richard King in his Sept. 19 TEDxOrangeCoast talk about the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

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Solar Decathlon Organizers Adjust 2015 Competition Lineup

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

By Amy Vaughn

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Director Richard King today announced that Stanford University has withdrawn from the Solar Decathlon 2015 competition.

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Solar Decathlon 2015 Team Websites Provide New Insight

Thursday, September 18, 2014

By Carol Laurie

If you’re ready for another glimpse into what the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 teams are up to, check out our updated 2015 team pages. They now include links to the teams’ own websites!

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Solar Decathlon Sponsors Share the Spotlight

Monday, August 25, 2014

By Carol Laurie

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon captures the attention of millions of people worldwide. As partners of the event, Solar Decathlon sponsors share this spotlight and gain outstanding exposure—onsite, online, in print, and over the air.

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Solar Decathlon Sponsors Make Everything Possible

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

By Carol Laurie

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon sponsors know a good thing when they see it. After all, the Solar Decathlon is more than an award-winning competition and highly popular public exhibit. It’s also a proven workforce development program that prepares collegiate students for careers in clean energy. The Solar Decathlon uses blended methods (including classroom instruction and real-world application) to teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for building systems design and operation.

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Balance of Power: Solar Decathlon Contest Requires Energy Efficiency and Power Production

Thursday, July 17, 2014

By Carol Laurie

Not consuming energy is better than buying or producing it—even when that energy is generated by clean, renewable solar. That’s the message the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 is sending to decathletes through the Energy Balance Contest, which measures the energy each team house produces and consumes over the course of the competition.

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Sneak Peek: Solar Decathlon 2015 House Concepts!

Monday, June 30, 2014

By Carol Laurie

What do the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 teams have up their sleeves? Our new 2015 team pages will give you an idea of what’s in store. The teams have submitted their first house designs to competition organizers, and we’re giving you a glimpse of what’s planned.

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