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Photo of the Solar Decathlon Solar Village on the National Mall, with the crowds of people and the U.S. Capitol Building in the background.

Throngs of visitors descended on the Solar Village, eager to take a peek in the homes and learn from the students.

Solar Decathlon 2002


In the fall of 2002, the Solar Decathlon teams packed up the homes they designed and built and moved them to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where they assembled a Solar Village and competed in 10 contests.

Here you can see the homes and read about the teams that created them. Fourteen teams competed in the inaugural Solar Decathlon competition: