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Photo of a baby at the 2005 Solar Decathlon.

People of all ages learned about solar energy and renewable energy at the 2005 Solar Decathlon. Here, a potential future Solar Decathlete soaks it all in.

Photo of camera crew interviewing students at the 2005 Solar Decathlon.

One of the Solar Decathlon sponsors, DIY Network, was onsite throughout the competition filming for an upcoming special to air on the network.

Photo of cookies in the Michigan Solar Decathlon house.

The University of Michigan house was a popular stop for visitors — and not just because of the cookies. Go Blue!

Photo of electric vehicles lining up for final lap to close the 2005 Solar Decathlon.

Part of Colorado's winning strategy was to drive as many miles in their electric vehicle as possible. They took first place in the Getting Around contest by driving 318 miles! Here all the teams line up for one final lap.

Photo of the Canadian team accepting an award.

The National Association of Home Builders presents the Canadian team with an energy efficiency award for designing the most efficient house.

Photo of Cal Poly team gathering on front of their house.

A weary but joyful Cal Poly team gathers to celebrate their third-place finish.

Solar Decathlon 2005

Daily Journal — October 14, 2005

The Finish!

After a close competition, the University of Colorado successfully defended their championship. They were the quickest team to adjust to the changing weather and develop a strategy that amassed the most points. Congratulations!

The dark horse of the competition was the team from upstate New York: Cornell University. This team is smart. And, as a first time competitor, they beat seven other teams who participated in the 2002 event! Congratulations to the entire Cornell team for taking second place.

Another first-year team that quietly overtook everyone is the team that had to travel the farthest over land: Cal Poly! Congratulations to the entire team for taking third place.

What a day! I am so proud of each team and everyone involved in the competition. History was made today. These aspiring young leaders showed the world how to design the best houses, the best village, the best way of life ever seen.

Reporting from the village,
Richard King, Department of Energy