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Solar Decathlon Blog - Sponsors

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

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!

Photo of a large group of people standing behind a ribbon falling away from a pair of giant scissors.

Dr. Ernest Moniz, secretary, U.S. Department of Energy (center) cuts the ribbon to officially open the Solar Decathlon 2015 village. Joining him are (left to right) Gaddi Vasquez, senior VP of Edison International; Serge Goldenberg, senior VP of Schneider International; Richard King, director of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon; Christine Shea, council member for Irvine, California; Mary Wenzel, senior VP for Wells Fargo; Beth Krom, council member for Irvine, California; and Lynn Schott, council member for Irvine, California. (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Opening day began with a photo of Solar Decathlon 2015 student team members, followed by the opening ceremony, which took place in historic Hangar 244 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. Moniz’s keynote speech provided inspiration to the teams.

Aerial photo of a large group of people.

Teams cheer in front of the Solar Decathlon village during an all-team photo on opening day of the 2015 competition at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California. (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Speakers included Solar Decathlon Director Richard King, representatives from top-level sponsors Edison International, Schneider Electric, and Wells Fargo; and the City of Irvine City Council. The fun began when Moniz and King introduced the teams, whose excitement spread throughout the room.

Photo of a group of people stacking their hands on top of each other.

Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz is surrounded by team members from the University of California, Davis, during the Solar Decathlon 2015 opening ceremony. (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

“These teams have been working hard for two years and they’re ecstatic to finally reach this moment,” says King. “To top it off, the Secretary of Energy told the students how important their work is designing, building, and operating these solar houses and how they’re going to be the next generation of energy leaders.”

With the Solar Decathlon village now open to visitors, Moniz toured houses of several teams: California State University, Sacramento; Missouri University of Science and Technology; Stevens Institute of Technology; and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Not only is the village open, but today also marks the first day of the competition. Follow along, check out the team scores over the next eight days, and see who wins on October 18!

Carol Laurie is the communications manager of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

 

Sponsors Rally Support for Solar Decathlon 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

By Carol Laurie

The sponsors of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 have a lot in common. They’re not only impressive organizations but also care about education, workforce development, and clean energy solutions.  

“Wells Fargo is proud to be a sustaining sponsor for Solar Decathlon 2015, an event that aligns closely with our overall environmental commitment,” says Ashley Grosh, vice president, environmental affairs, Wells Fargo. “We congratulate everyone who is involved with this amazing student competition and appreciate their commitment to helping develop America’s clean technology infrastructure.” 

In addition to supporting the Solar Decathlon’s mission, our sponsors have fulfilled a variety of event needs.  

“Support from our generous sponsors is crucial to the success of the Solar Decathlon and the experience of thousands of student decathletes,” says Richard King, director of the Solar Decathlon. “While we recognize our sponsors in a variety of ways, we cannot thank them enough for their dedication to everything that this amazing competition stands for.”

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Sponsors help ensure the success of the Solar Decathlon for thousands of student decathletes and visitors. Here, Sustaining Sponsors cut the ribbon to open the Solar Decathlon 2013 village to visitors. (Credit: Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

As of the end of July, the following sponsors have stepped up to support the Solar Decathlon.

Sustaining Sponsors

  • Edison International is the competition’s host utility sponsor, providing a temporary interconnection between Southern California Edison’s electric grid and the Solar Decathlon village microgrid, as well as much of the event’s infrastructure and furnishings.
  • Schneider Electric is providing the engineering design and supplemental equipment for the Solar Decathlon village microgrid. The company is also supplying the engineering design, hardware, software, and operation of the electrical microgrid monitoring system.
  • Wells Fargo is providing funds to meet several critical needs of the Solar Decathlon, including printing of the event Visitors Guide. The company is also partnering with Electrolux and Pella Corp. to sponsor Education Days and the Solar Decathlon 2015 Opening Reception.

Supporting Sponsors

  • Electrolux has partnered with Pella Corp. and Wells Fargo to sponsor Education Days programming, school bus grants, and the Solar Decathlon 2015 Opening Reception. This is the fourth U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon that Electrolux has sponsored.
  • Irvine Ranch Water District is a supporter of projects such as the Solar Decathlon that promote sustainability and water conservation practices. Irvine Ranch Water District will provide drinking water to Solar Decathlon village visitors as well as water service delivery and removal from the teams’ competition houses.
  • Pella Corp. is partnering with Electrolux and Wells Fargo to sponsor Education Days programming, school bus grants, and the Solar Decathlon 2015 Opening Reception. Pella Corp.’s sponsorship of the Solar Decathlon is just one part of the company’s commitment to education and environmental sustainability for its team members, its customers, and the communities in which Pella operates.
  • Tierra Verde Industries is providing waste management and recycling services for the Solar Decathlon. This is the second time that this green waste, wood waste, and construction and demolition materials recycler has supported the Solar Decathlon. 

Contributing Sponsors

  • ASHRAE is providing meals to Solar Decathlon 2015 student decathletes and jurors as well as other support for the event.
  • DMc Engineering provided layout and configuration of the Solar Decathlon village and other technical services to Solar Decathlon 2015.
  • The Home Depot is offering discounts on construction materials to student teams, donating tools and safety equipment to event organizers, and encouraging its customers to visit the Solar Decathlon by displaying outreach materials in its retail locations.
  • MicroPlanet is providing services to ensure that the Solar Decathlon 2015 village microgrid provides consistent, optimized voltage to each competing team and to ensure that the energy generated by each team’s PV installation is integrated smoothly back onto the microgrid.
  • National Association of Home Builders is providing building-industry outreach for Solar Decathlon 2015 as well as a meal for student decathletes.
  • The Orange County Register is publishing a special insert devoted to the Solar Decathlon as part of its role as the Solar Decathlon print media sponsor.
  • Orange County Transportation Authority is providing shuttle service from Irvine Station to the Solar Decathlon village, thanks to funding provided through a Clean Transportation grant from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee.
  • OxBlue is providing a time-lapse camera system that will transmit images from the Solar Decathlon village to the Solar Decathlon website for fans everywhere.
  • Resource Furniture is providing food for the team Victory Celebration.

Resource and Association Sponsors

  • American Institute of Architects Orange County
  • American Institute of Architects
  • ARCOM
  • American Society of Landscape Architects, Southern California Chapter
  • Autodesk
  • Construction Specifications Institute
  • Doctor’s Ambulance Service
  • International Code Council
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • National Institute of Building Sciences
  • RSMeans
  • U.S. Green Building Council Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego Chapters

Carol Laurie is the communications manager of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

 

Solar Decathlon Welcomes Edison International as Host Utility Sponsor

Monday, March 23, 2015

By Carol Laurie

Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, is returning as a sustaining sponsor of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon by becoming the 2015 competition’s host utility sponsor.

“Edison International recognizes the skills needed for Southern California Edison’s future workforce. For this reason, we focus some of our educational funding on programs that prepare students to excel in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields,” says Ted Craver, chairman and CEO of Edison International. “The Solar Decathlon provides hands-on learning that motivates young people to pursue opportunities in STEM, which is why Edison International is proud to support this award-winning competition.”

Photo of a man with a computer tablet demonstrating something to another man and a woman.

At Solar Decathlon 2013, Ted Craver, chairman and CEO of Edison International (left), and Tammy Tumbling, director of philanthropy and community investment of Southern California Edison (center), visit with a University of Southern California team member. Edison International returns as a Solar Decathlon sustaining sponsor in 2015. (Credit: Eric Grigorian/U.S. Department of Energy)

Edison International’s sponsorship provides much of the event’s infrastructure and furnishings (such as tents, tables, chairs, and signage) as well as a temporary interconnection of bidirectional electricity flow between Southern California Edison’s electric grid and the Solar Decathlon village microgrid. In addition, Edison International will reach out to Southern California Edison customers to educate and encourage them to attend the Solar Decathlon public exhibit and provide staff members the opportunity to serve as volunteers during the public exhibit.

“We’re so pleased to welcome Edison International back as a sustaining sponsor in 2015,” says Richard King, director of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. “Its generous support makes so much possible. With Edison International’s help, excess energy generated by the team houses will be supplied to the Orange County community—and when demand for energy exceeds supply, the village will be able to continue operating.”

Edison International, which was also a sustaining sponsor of Solar Decathlon 2013, plans to display Southern California Edison’s Hybrid-Powered Mobile Energy Unit within the Solar Decathlon village. This traveling exhibit will feature program literature, educational materials, and energy efficiency technologies and displays.

Carol Laurie is the communications manager of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

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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A Solar Decathlon 2013 collegiate team member surveys microgrid equipment used to power his team’s competition house. As part of its sponsorship, Schneider Electric has provided the engineering design and equipment for the Solar Decathlon village microgrid since 2009. (Credit: Amy Vaughn/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

“Schneider Electric is thrilled to once again partner with the Solar Decathlon and play a key role in helping educate the next generation of energy leaders,” says Jennifer Curtis, director, university partnerships, Schneider Electric. “Our sponsorship helps support the advancement of renewable technologies, raise public awareness of clean energy options, and brand Schneider Electric as the industry leader in energy management. We have also found that our Solar Decathlon sponsorship gives us access to the best and brightest students, who represent a talented recruitment pool for internships and full-time positions with our company.”

Schneider Electric will also provide professional staff to serve as volunteers during the Solar Decathlon 2015 public exhibit, to be held Oct. 8 through 18 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

“We are so excited to welcome Schneider Electric back in 2015 as a sustaining-level sponsor,” says Richard King, director of the Solar Decathlon. “I’m grateful for their generosity, expertise, and passion for this competition and our educational mission. We literally couldn’t have a grid-connected Solar Decathlon village without them.”

Schneider Electric demonstrates worldwide dedication to the Solar Decathlon. In addition to its support of four U.S. competitions, the company has sponsored Solar Decathlon Europe (in 2010, 2012, and 2014) and Solar Decathlon China (in 2013).

With a focus on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive, and green, Schneider Electric ranks ninth in the 2015 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index.

If your company is interested in joining Schneider Electric in becoming a Solar Decathlon sponsor at any level, please contact Richard King or visit our sponsor page.

Carol Laurie is the communications manager for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

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.

“Wells Fargo is proud to be a sustaining sponsor for Solar Decathlon 2015, an event that aligns closely with our overall environmental commitment,” says Ashley Grosh, vice president, environmental affairs, Wells Fargo. “We congratulate everyone who is involved with this amazing student competition and appreciate their commitment to helping develop America’s clean technology infrastructure.”

Wells Fargo has sponsored the Solar Decathlon since 2011 and was a sustaining sponsor of Solar Decathlon 2013. The company has a long history of supporting environmental causes—including investments in more than 300 solar projects and 47 wind projects that generate enough clean, renewable energy to power hundreds of thousands of American homes each year.

Photo of a Wells Fargo building with solar panels on its roof.

Wells Fargo returns as a sustaining sponsor to Solar Decathlon 2015. The financial services company is committed to reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions and operating sustainably. (Photo courtesy of Wells Fargo)

“We’re thrilled to welcome back Wells Fargo as a partner and supporter of the Solar Decathlon,” says Richard King, director of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. “Sponsors like Wells Fargo make it possible for the Solar Decathlon to educate students and the public about the financial and environmental benefits of clean energy products and design solutions.”

In 2014, Wells Fargo, a community-based financial services company, launched the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator, a $10-million environmental grant program for clean technology startups that is co-administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. A leader in reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions and operating sustainably, Wells Fargo has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, the Carbon Disclosure Project, and the U.S. Green Building Council. Since 2005, Wells Fargo has provided more than $28 billion in environmental finance, supporting sustainable buildings and renewable energy projects nationwide.

Sustaining sponsors are the highest-level sponsors of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Sponsorships are based on a list of needs determined by event organizers.

If your company is interested in becoming a Solar Decathlon sponsor at any level, please contact Richard King at richard.king@ee.doe.gov or visit our sponsor pages.

Carol Laurie is the communications manager for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

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