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The Solar Decathlon is coming to DC

With all of the talk of green jobs as a source of recovery from the economic doldrums, and climate change as a top priority for legislative action, the timing couldn’t be better for the next edition of the Solar Decathlon. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, this event brings twenty teams of college students from around the world together every two years to compete not in running, jumping, and throwing, but designing, building, and displaying a home that runs completely on solar energy.

Economics and energy security are the focus this year: Secretary of Energy Steven Chu noted that “The Solar Decathlon highlights President Obama’s goal of improving our national security and transforming the economy by using off-the-shelf, clean energy technologies to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil, reduce our carbon emissions, and protect the environment.” Teams were announced in June, and they’re getting ready to compete on the National Mall from October 9-18. The ten areas of competition for the builders and designers include architecture, lighting design, hot water, and even market viability.

Been to one of these events, or planning to attend this year? Please share your experiences… we’d love to hear about them!