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March 16, 2016

Energy Department Announces Denver as Location for 2017 Solar Decathlon

The Energy Department on March 11 announced Denver, Colorado, as the host city for the next U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition in the fall of 2017. Denver won the bid to host this biennial event, in which student teams compete to design, build, and operate cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive solar-powered houses.

In the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017, 16 teams will compete in 10 contests, ranging from architecture and engineering to home appliance performance. The teams from across the country and around the world will be competing for $2 million in prize money.

Over the next 18 months, the competing teams will raise funds, design and build their 800-square foot, 100% solar-powered houses, and then transport their houses to the Denver competition site near a new development close to Denver International Airport. The area is positioned to become a national model for sustainable, transit-oriented, greenfield development that can enhance the region’s overall economic competitiveness.

The winner of the competition is the team that best blends aesthetics and modern conveniences with maximum energy production and optimal efficiency. See the Energy Department news release and the Solar Decathlon website.