Wednesday, October 10, 2007

SOLAR DECATHLON is on the National Mall

October 12 - 20, 2007

The Solar Decathlon is a competition in which 20 teams of college and university students compete to design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house. The Solar Decathlon is also an event to which the public is invited to observe the powerful combination of solar energy, energy efficiency, and the best in home design.

The team houses are open for touring everyday, except Wednesday, October 17, when they will close for competition purposes. An overall winner is announced on Friday, October 19 at 2 p.m. See the schedule for more information.

The University of Maryland is proud to be a third-time participant in the Solar Decathlon, organized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Born of the elegant marriage of biological knowledge and cutting-edge technology, LEAFHouse, an adaptable resource-efficient house, demonstrates what happens when bio inspired design savvy, traditional know-how, and cutting-edge technology join as integral parts of a sustainable lifestyle. Placing fourth in 2002, and winning the People's Choice Award in 2005, the Maryland team looks forward to the 2007 event.

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

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