U.S. Department of Energy

    2009 Solar Decathlon Winners Announced

    October 16, 2009

    U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman today announced the winners of the 2009 Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Team Germany, the student team from Darmstadt, Germany, won top honors by designing, building, and operating the most attractive and efficient solar-powered home. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign took second place followed by Team California in third place.

    Team Germany's winning "Cube House" design produced a surplus of power even during three days of rain. This is the team's second-straight Solar Decathlon victory, after winning the previous competition in 2007. Over the past two weeks, the 2009 Solar Decathlon challenged 20 university-led teams from the United States and as far away as Spain, Germany, and Canada to compete in 10 contests, ranging from elements such as architecture and market viability to communications and engineering. New to this year's competition, the Net Metering Contest challenged teams to generate surplus energy, above and beyond the power needed to run a house, which they fed into a power grid.

    The application process for the next Solar Decathlon, to be held in fall 2011, has already begun. For full event information, current standings, high-resolution photos and videos, an event schedule, and updates, visit the Solar Decathlon Web site.