Students Building Homes Powered by the Sun
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a competition for college students, but solar energy is exciting and educational for students of all ages.
What is the Solar Decathlon?The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.
The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002 and the competition has since occurred biennially. Open to the public free of charge, visitors can tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today.