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August 03, 2011

DOE Considers New Venue for Solar Decathlon 2013

Photo of large group of people on the National Mall with houses and trees in the background.

Teams of competitors gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2009.
Credit: Stefano Paltera, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

DOE announced that it is considering offers for a new site for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. The Solar Decathlon is a competition that challenges collegiate students from across the globe to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are affordable and highly energy efficient. For the first time since the biennial event began in 2002 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., DOE is inviting venues across the nation to compete for the opportunity to host this award-winning event. The Solar Decathlon has attracted thousands of people to experience first-hand the benefits of homes that incorporate clean energy technologies. Solar Decathlon 2011, the fifth decathlon, will take place at the National Mall's West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., September 23 through October 2, 2011.

The Solar Decathlon provides participating students with unique training for the clean energy workforce. As part of the Obama Administration's larger goals to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and to maintain a highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce, DOE creates and supports initiatives that engage students to learn about energy technologies and issues. The contest also fosters greater adoption of clean energy technologies and energy efficient construction techniques that help the United States compete in the global marketplace. Responses to the solicitation are due August 29. See the DOE press release, solicitation DE-SOL-0003159 in FedConnect, and the Solar Decathlon website.