Source: Department of Energy
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette kicked off the highly anticipated Solar Decathlon 2017 event in Denver, CO. This international competition shows consumers how to save money and energy with affordable energy products available today. Hundreds of collegiate students from the United States and Europe have assembled at the 61st and Peña Station in Denver to showcase their highly energy-efficient, innovation-packed solar houses for competition
“The Solar Decathlon inspires and challenges college students to think creatively about energy innovation for the future through design,” said Deputy Secretary Brouillette. “Students are actively addressing global energy challenges such as reliability, resiliency, and security by incorporating the use of innovative energy and water efficiency technologies into their professional projects.”
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition made up of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. This award-winning competition engages students from across the United States and Europe to develop the skills and knowledge to become the next generation of energy experts. The competition fosters collaboration among students from different academic disciplines including engineering, architecture, interior design, business, marketing, and communications. Over the last decade, the U.S. competition and its international counterparts have prepared approximately 35,000 students worldwide to become future innovators in clean energy technologies and efficient building designs.
Thousands are expected to visit the houses, which will be open to the public free of charge for eight days over two weekends: Thursday, October 5 – Sunday, October 8 and Thursday, October 12 – Sunday, October 15 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm MDT. It will also be open on Monday, October 9, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm MDT. Visitors are able to tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today. The overall winner will be announced on Saturday, October 14, at 9:30 am MDT. This Solar Decathlon is the eighth U.S. competition since 2002.
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