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Photo of a large group of students standing together in a crowd at the end of Decathlete Way in the solar village. At the front center are Richard and Melissa King.

Twenty teams from around the world competed in Solar Decathlon 2009. Here, some of the approximately 450 team members who came to the National Mall pose for a photo with Solar Decathlon Director Richard King.

Solar Decathlon 2009


Twenty teams competed in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2009, which took place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in October 2009.

The Solar Decathlon is an international collegiate competition in which student teams compete to design, build, and operate highly energy-efficient, completely solar-powered houses. For the 2009 event, teams were awarded $100,000 over two years to support the Solar Decathlon's research goals of reducing the cost of solar-powered homes and advancing solar technology.

2009 Teams

The teams below participated in Solar Decathlon 2009. For more information about a team, click on its team name. If you have questions for a specific team, please e-mail, mail, or call its point of contact.

Cornell University

Attn: Matt Ulinski
B27 Upson Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-2801
Phone: 607-254-6365

Iowa State University

Attn: Ulrike Passe
156 College of Design
Ames, IA 50011-2207
Phone: 515-294-7142

Penn State

Attn: Jeffrey R.S. Brownson
110 Technology Center Building
University Park, PA 16802-3377
Phone: 814-865-8473

Rice University

Attn: John Casbarian
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77251-1892
Phone: 713-348-5152

Team Alberta

(University of Calgary, SAIT Polytechnic, Alberta College of Art + Design, Mount Royal College)

Attn: Matt Beck
Faculty of Environmental Design
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr. NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
Phone: 403-210-7534

Team Boston

(Boston Architectural College, Tufts University)

Attn: Jeff Stein
320 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-585-0226

Team California

(Santa Clara University, California College of the Arts)

Attn: Timothy Hight
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Phone: 408-554-6870

Team Germany

(Technische Universität Darmstadt)

Attn: Manfred Hegger
Karolinenplatz 5
Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany 64289
Phone: +49-6151-16-2046

Team Missouri

(Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Missouri)

Attn: Katie Grantham Lough
202 University Center, 300 W. 12th Street
Rolla, MO 65409-1330
Phone: 573-341-4598

Team Ontario/BC

(University of Waterloo, Ryerson University, Simon Fraser University)

Attn: Geoffrey Thun
7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada N1S 2H4
Phone: 519-888-4567

Team Spain

(Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)

Attn: Jose Manuel Paez Borrallo
AVDA. Ramiro de Maeztu No. 7
Madrid, Spain 28040
Phone: +34 91 336 36 59

The Ohio State University

Attn: Mark E. Walter
E331 Scott Labs, 201 W. 19th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-292-6081

The University of Arizona

Attn: Larry Medlin
PO Box 3520
Tucson, AZ 85722-3520
Phone: 520-621-6751

Universidad de Puerto Rico

Attn: Sonia M. Miranda-Palacios
P.O. Box 21909
San Juan, PR 00931-1909
Phone: 787-250-8581

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Attn: Mark Taylor
Assistant Professor
School of Architecture
117 Temple Buell Hall, MC-621
611 Taft Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Phone: 217-244-2853

University of Kentucky

Attn: Donald Colliver, Ph.D., P.E.
128 C. E. Barnhart Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0057
Phone: 859-257-3000 x211

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

School of Architecture & Design
TEAM BeauSoleil
Attn: W. Geoff Gjertson
PO Box 42811
Lafayette, LA 70504-2811
Phone: 337-482-5175

University of Minnesota

Attn: Ann Johnson
450 McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street, S E
Minneapolis, MN 55455-2070
Phone: 612-625-7669

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Attn: Gregory Thomson/Chris Cornelius
P.O. Box 340
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0340
Phone: 414-229-4014

Virginia Tech

Attn: Joseph Wheeler
201 Cowgill Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Phone: 540-818-5012