Mr Smith goes to Washington

Credit: Stefano Paltera/ US Department of Energy Solar Decathalon

Well really,  Mr Powell goes to Washington for the  2009 Solar Decathalon.  The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathalon has been taking place since 2002 and is a wonderful showcase for innovative solar energy powered home design. Twenty college teams from around the world design, build and operate homes that are  powered exclusively by the sun. These homes are designed to use off-the-shelf technology to produce all or more of their energy needs over a year, qualifying them as zero-energy homes.(ZEH’s)  Each team competes  in ten separate contests  and a contest for the highest points overall. The contests include categories such as Architecture, Market Viability,  Comfort Zone,  and Net Metering.   Stay tuned for on the ground coverage….

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