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March 13, 2003

DOE Seeks Entries for the 2005 Solar Decathlon

DOE announced on March 13th that it is seeking entries for the second Solar Decathlon, to be held in 2005. The first-ever Solar Decathlon, held in late September through early October 2002, was a national competition in which 14 collegiate teams built solar homes on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The teams competed in ten events as they demonstrated that energy efficiency and solar energy can be combined to meet all of a home's energy needs.

With the next Solar Decathlon just two and a half years away, DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) issued a request for proposals on February 1st. Collegiate teams must register by April 1st and submit a proposal by April 30th if they wish to participate in the 2005 competition. See the DOE press release, or go directly to the NREL request for proposals (PDF 352 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.

The 2002 Solar Decathlon was an amazing event, one that was recently revisited by DIY, the Do It Yourself Network, in a one-hour show that aired on the evening of March 9th. If you missed the show, you can still see a Web-based summary on the DIY Network Web site.

DIY is also scheduled to air a five-part series in mid-March that shows viewers how to apply winning Solar Decathlon technologies to their own homes. The series, called "Solar Solutions," is scheduled to premiere on the DIY Network on March 17th through 21st at 8 a.m. and 10 p.m Eastern time. For the latest schedule, check the DIY Web site's Solar Solutions page and online program schedule.

For more information about the Solar Decathlon, see the official Solar Decathlon Web site.