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Denver, Colorado
October 5-15, 2017

Solar Decathlon History

The history of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon dates to the inaugural event in 2002. Since then, the Solar Decathlon has been held biennially in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015. Learn about past competitions, find out how past competition houses are being used today, or plan a visit to a Solar Decathlon house near you.

Technologies and solutions used in Solar Decathlon homes have advanced the residential building industry both in the United States and abroad. A report produced by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory details some of these technologies.