U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Virginia Tech Claims Early Lead in the Solar Decathlon
October 12, 2005
The Solar Decathlon team from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
University took first place in both the Dwelling and Architecture
competitions on October 10th, giving the team a narrow early lead in the
competition. On October 11th, the University of Colorado team won the
Communications contest, vaulting it into third place. Eighteen teams
from 13 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Spain, are competing in the
Solar Decathlon, which challenges student teams to design, build, and
operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house. The teams have built their 18 solar homes on the
National Mall in Washington, D.C., forming a temporary solar village.
See the Solar Decathlon Web site.
The Dwelling, Architecture, and Communications competitions were the
first three of ten competitions at the event, and teams from
California Polytechnic State University (in second place on October 11th),
the New York Institute of Technology, the University of Texas, Cornell
University, Universidad de Puerto Rico, and the University of Maryland
also scored high in those competitions. But scores in five of the
competitions—Comfort Zone, Appliances, Hot Water, Lighting, and
Getting Around—are tallied in real time as the competition
progresses, so the standings can shift quickly based on the
performance of each house. Check the current status by clicking on
"Updated Scores & Standings" on the Scores and Standings page of the Solar Decathlon Web site.
Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman officially opened the competition
on October 6th. Secretary Bodman announced that the Solar Decathlon
will now be a biannual event, and successful proposals for the 2007
event will be awarded grants of $100,000 each, up from the current
award of $5,000. DOE also released the request for proposals (RFP) for
the 2007 event. See the DOE press release
and Secretary Bodman's comments, and access the RFP on the
Solar Decathlon 2007 page of the Solar Decathlon Web site.