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The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a powerful education tool not only for the decathletes who participate directly but also for homeowners and consumers, building industry professionals, educators, and students. Visiting the Solar Decathlon and touring the team houses is a great way to see home energy efficiency and renewable energy products and designs in action and learn about their uses and benefits.

Homeowners and Consumers

  • Energy Saver

    The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Energy Saver website is a vast resource where you can explore options for saving energy and using renewable energy at home, at work, in your community, and while driving.

  • Solar Decathlon product directories

    Find products and materials used in past Solar Decathlon competition houses in the product directories from past years:

Building Industry Professionals

  • Building Technologies Office

    The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Building Technologies Office funds research and technology development to reduce commercial and residential building energy use. Its website offers a variety of programs, tools, and resources for building professionals.

  • Solar Decathlon Construction Documents

    Explore the construction drawings and project manuals of Solar Decathlon competition houses from 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, and 2005.


  • Solar Decathlon Educator Resources

    Focused on solar energy and energy efficiency, the Solar Decathlon educator resources include activity guides for educators to implement high-quality energy education in the classroom or afterschool environment. Most of the resources are for middle school and high school students.

  • Energy Education Resources

    The Department of Energy offers information about student competitions, internships, training and degree programs, and career planning tools. You can also explore Education 101 videos, Energy Talks series, STEM Spark Newsletter, lesson activities, career maps, data tools, and other resources for educators at all levels.

  • STEM Rising Newsletter

    The STEM Rising newsletter is a one-stop shop for the latest science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics programs for all ages supported by the Department of Energy. The newsletter highlights STEM outreach activities, from K-12 learning resources and inspiration, student competitions, field trips, and events, internship and research opportunities, and tools for STEM teachers.


  • Internships

    Want "real world" experience in an energy field? Explore student internship opportunities at the Department of Energy and the Energy Department’s seventeen National Laboratories.

  • Competitions

    Energy competitions can be a fun way to apply understanding of science, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Find student competitions offered by the Department of Energy.

  • Careers

    Explore career opportunities supported by the Department of Energy in renewable energy fields using interactive career maps and infographics.