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Team Canada's house features solar panels used as a roofing material and triple-glazed, south-facing windows to take advantage of the winter sun that shines on Concordia University's campus.
(Courtesy of Concordia University)

Who: Team Canada
What: Northern Lights
Where:
Concordia University Loyola Campus
7141 Sherbrooke St. West
Montréal, Quebec, Canada H4B 1R6
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Public tours: Not available

Solar Decathlon 2005

Team Canada: Advancing Solar Technologies

The lone Canadian entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2005 returned to the Loyola campus of Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, following the competition. The solar-powered house, called Northern Lights, remains in good working order. It is used primarily for research.

Student experiments with Northern Lights continue to advance solar technology. Past research at the house has included work on semi-transparent photovoltaic modules, which can be used instead of architectural glass to allow light into a space while generating electricity, and thermal performance simulations. The house is not open to the public because of the nature of this experimentation.

After leaving the National Mall, the house was reconstructed on campus in time for the United Nations Climate Change Conference held Nov. 27–Dec. 9, 2005. Northern Lights was available for tours during this event. The house has also played a role in other renewable energy-focused events, including the 2006 Canadian Solar Buildings Conference.

Concordia University joined forces with the Université de Montréal for the 2005 competition. The Canadian team finished in fifth place in the Comfort Zone Contest and in fourteenth place overall.