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Solar & Alternative Energy

Energy department releases RFP for 2013 Solar Decathlon

SPIE Newsroom
25 July 2011

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon organizers have released a request for proposals for Solar Decathlon 2013 teams. Collegiate teams interested in participating have until 10 November 2011 to submit the required documentation for consideration.

The Solar Decathlon is an international competition open to all accredited colleges, universities, and other post-secondary educational institutions. Student teams compete to design, build, and operate highly energy-efficient, completely solar-powered houses. The entire Solar Decathlon project encompasses not only the competition but also the project's design development, construction, and commissioning phases.

Since 2002, thousands of students from around the world have competed in four U.S.-hosted events and learned about high-efficiency buildings and clean energy technologies. Twenty teams will compete in Solar Decathlon 2011, open to the public Sept. 23-Oct. 2 at the National Mall's West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C.

 For more information, see the request for proposals.