Solar fans, your solar home demonstration extravaganza is here! The Department of Energy's 4th Solar Decathlon will be held at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 8 to 18 this year.
Twenty university teams comprising over 800 students from the United States, Canada, Germany and Spain will show off the high-efficiency solar-powered homes they have built for the Solar Decathlon.
Homes entered for competition in the Solar Decathlon will open to the public from Oct. 9 to 18. The winner will be announced Oct. 16.
The Solar Decathlon includes 10 contests that evaluate the architecture, engineering, comfort, marketability, appliances, lighting and other aspects of the teams' houses. The teams will have to perform everyday tasks, including cooking, laundry and washing dishes, to test the energy efficiency of their homes.
Of the 20 teams, 16 are from the U.S., 2 from Canada, and 1 each from Germany and Spain.
You can learn more about the teams and the homes and technologies they have entered in the Solar Decathlon by visiting this page.