U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Weatherization & Intergovernmental Program
University of Colorado Wins the 2005 Solar Decathlon
October 14, 2005
DOE named the University of Colorado as the overall winner of the
2005 Solar Decathlon on October 14th in Washington, D.C. After operating
their house on the National Mall under cloudy skies all week, the
Colorado team defended their 2002 championship by earning 853 points
of a possible 1,100. The team took first place in the Documentation
and Communication contests and drove the farthest in their electric
car: 318.8 miles. Cornell University placed second after earning
826 points and winning the Comfort Zone and Hot Water competitions.
California Polytechnic State University finished third with 809 points
after winning in both Appliances and Lighting. And despite taking an
early lead by winning the Architecture and Dwelling contests, the
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University ended up in fourth
place with 784 points. See the DOE press release and visit the Solar Decathlon Web site for the list of contest winners.
The 2005 Solar Decathlon challenged 18 collegiate teams from
13 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Spain to design, build, and
operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered home.
DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is the primary sponsor of
the Solar Decathlon, along with the American Institute of Architects,
the National Association of Home Builders, BP Solar, the DIY Network,
and Sprint Nextel. See photos, a daily journal, and the full scores
and standings from the event on the Solar Decathlon Web site.