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2007 team members from Santa Clara University join Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman in front of the banner proclaiming their third place award in the Solar Decathlon.

Solar Decathlon 2007


The primary sponsor of the Solar Decathlon is the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) sponsors and manages the event. DOE and NREL work in partnership with many additional sponsors at all levels to make this student solar housing competition and event a reality.

U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is the primary sponsor of the 2007 Solar Decathlon.

Event Title Sponsors

These title sponsors made significant contributions to the success of the 2007 Solar Decathlon, including financial support, materials, volunteers, outreach, awards, and more. Learn more about each title sponsor and their role in the 2007 Solar Decathlon.

Supporting Sponsors

Our supporting sponsors generously contributed resources and materials to the 2007 Solar Decathlon competition and teams.

Contributing Sponsors

Our contributing sponsors also made generous contributions to the 2007 Solar Decathlon competition and teams.

Public and Media Interest in Solar Decathlon

The 2007 Solar Decathlon proved enormously popular, receiving significant foot and Web traffic, as well as media coverage. While some 200,000 visitors flocked to the National Mall to tour the solar village, another 400,000 unique visitors attended the event virtually through Thousands of visitors on the Mall also attended consumer- and industry-targeted educational workshops about energy efficiency and solar energy technologies.

In 2007, the Solar Decathlon received huge media attention:

  • More than 1,000 related articles and stories

  • Nearly 650 million total media impressions as of November 30, 2007

  • Stories in the nation's top newspapers and magazines: the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, and Scientific American

  • Coverage by top television and cable news stations: ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, the Weather Channel, the Sundance Channel, Bloomberg, HGTV, and Fox News

  • Special features of the event: CBS Sunday Morning, the PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer, the Discovery Channel, and the Learning Channel

  • International coverage: Discovery Canada, Czech TV, Darmstadt, ZDF German, Al Jazeera, Xinhua, TV Portugal, Brazilian TV, and El Nuevo Dia