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|Laying the last solar panel on Team Germany’s house during DOE Solar Decathlon 2009.|
|(cc) Stefano Paltera/US Dept. of Energy Solar Decathlon|
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the dates for Solar Decathlon 2011, a competition that challenges collegiate students from across the globe to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, attractive, and easy to live in. The Opening Ceremony of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 will be held on the National Mall on Thursday, September 22, 2011, and the Solar Village will be open to the public from Friday, September 23 through Sunday, October 2.
The 20 teams selected for Solar Decathlon 2011 span the globe, representing four continents and five countries, including the United States, Belgium, Canada, China, and New Zealand. Each team will build a highly efficient solar-powered house, showcasing energy-efficient amenities and smart home systems that reduce carbon emissions without sacrificing the comfort of modern conveniences. Students will spend almost two years creating houses to compete in ten contests on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The winner of the overall competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.
The Solar Decathlon educates student participants and the public about how to integrate affordable, clean energy products into houses to save money and reduce energy use. It also provides participating students with unique training to enter our nation’s clean energy workforce.
This will be DOE’s fifth Solar Decathlon competition. The competition has also been held in 2002, 2005, 2007, and 2009. Open to the public and 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.
The Solar Decathlon 2011 teams are:
The DOE Solar Decathlon supports the Obama Administration’s goal of creating an economy based on clean-energy technologies while saving families and businesses money and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.
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