Richard King Award
The Richard King Award honors the man who founded the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® in 2000. Richard directed Solar Decathlon until his retirement from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2015. He continues to support international Solar Decathlon events globally.
The first Richard King Award was given to the Solar Decathlon founder at the 2017 Solar Decathlon in Denver, Colorado. Future awardees will be selected based on their contributions to the transition to a clean energy economy.
Nominee Eligibility Criteria
- Nominees must be affiliated with the U.S. Solar Decathlon in one of the award categories (i.e., student alumni or faculty advisor).
- Nominees must have proven dedication and outstanding contributions to at least one edition of the U.S. Solar Decathlon Design Challenge, including past Race to Zero competitions, or Build Challenge.
- Nominees do not need to be currently working directly with Solar Decathlon.
Award Categories and Award Criteria
- Outstanding Faculty Advisor
- Demonstrates outstanding commitment to preparing students to design and/or build highly efficient buildings powered by renewables.
- Outstanding Student Alumna/Alumnus
- Demonstrates outstanding accomplishment in the transition to a clean energy economy.
Winners will be honored during the Solar Decathlon Competition Event in April 2021.