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Solar Decathlon 2013

University of Nevada Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas’ DesertSol house placed second overall at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. The team earned first place in the Market Appeal Contest and second in Communications, and tied for third in Engineering.

DesertSol is on permanent exhibit at the Botanical Garden at Las Vegas Springs Preserve. The preserve includes 180 acres of natural exhibits, botanical gardens, hiking trails, and desert-living educational facilities built around the original water source of Las Vegas. It serves as both an exhibit and model for sustainable homes of the future.

For those who can’t make the trip in person, you can see a tour of DesertSol that aired on the local PBS station in August 2016 as part of an episode titled “Driving for Adventure.” Coverage of the house begins at 8:24.

Photo of DesertSol at Solar Decathlon 2013. Enlarge image

DesertSol at Solar Decathlon 2013. (Credit: Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.)

Who: University of Nevada Las Vegas
What: DesertSol
Springs Preserve Botanical Garden
333 South Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107
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Public tours: The Botanical Garden at the Springs Preserve is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit https://www.springspreserve.org/explore/desertsol.html for more information.