Seven Things You Should Know About the Solar Decathlon

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Seven Things You Should Know About the Solar Decathlon

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Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 5:40pm

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Here ae some helfpul facts about the solar decathlon:

  1. The solar decathlon is not a sporting event. University students from across the world are challenged to build and operate an ultra energy-efficient, yet cost-effective, solar-powered home. It’s called a decathlon because teams are judged on 10 categories, including architecture, engineering and communications.
  2. The competition is presented by the U.S. Department of Energy. The public is able to tour the houses and understand how people can incorporate design features into their own homes to reduce utility bills.
  3. The first U.S. Solar Decathlon was held in 2002 in Washington, D.C. The competition was moved to Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, in 2013. This year, it will be held on Oct. 8-11 and 15-18 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission is free.
  4. As part of the competition, teams are required to live in the home and host two dinner parties.
  5. This year's Team Orange County is comprised of 100 students from four Southern California schools, including the University of California, Irvine, Saddleback College, Chapman University and Irvine Valley College.
  6. Team Orange County’s home — Casa del Sol — was inspired by the California state flower, the golden poppy.
  7. Students started working on Casa del Sol two years ago and have backgrounds in everything from mechanical engineering to interior design.
Keywords: Environment | Edison International | Solar Decathlon | solar power

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