Solar Decathlon


The 2009 Solar Decathlon challenges 20 college teams from around the globe in 10 contests to design, build, and operate the most livable, energy-efficient completely solar-powered house.

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Solar Decathlon next edition

The next Solar Decathlon will be held in Washington, D.C., in the fall of 2009, when once again teams from colleges and universities from around the world will gather to compete.

The Solar Decathlon is a project of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The event takes place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., October 12 - 20. The team houses are open for touring everyday, except Wednesday, October 17, when they will close for competition purposes. An overall winner is announced on Friday, October 19 at 2 p.m.


Solar Decathlon houses must power all the home energy needs of a typical family using only the power of the sun. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends aesthetics and modern conveniences with maximum energy production and optimal efficiency. The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002, and the most recent was held in 2007.


Teams of college students design a solar house, knowing from the outset that it must be powered entirely by the sun. In a quest to stretch every last watt of electricity that's generated by the solar panels on their roofs, the students absorb the lesson that energy is a precious commodity. They strive to innovate, using high-tech materials and design elements in ingenious ways. Along the way, the students learn how to raise funds and communicate about team activities. They collect supplies and talk to contractors. They build their solar houses, learning as they go.



2009 teams

Boston Architectural College

320 Newbury Street. Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617-585-0226

Iowa State University

1138 Pearson. Ames, IA 50011-2207

Phone: 515-294-7142

Universidad de Puerto Rico

P.O. Box 21909. San Juan, PR 00931-1909

Phone: 787-250-8581

University of Calgary

CCIT Bldg. Room 218. 2500 University Dr. NW.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4

Phone: 403-220-6958

Cornell University

B27 Upson Hall. Ithaca, NY 14853-2801

Phone: 607-254-6365

Penn State

110 Technology Center Building
University Park, PA 16802-3377

Phone: 814-865-8473

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

AVDA. Ramiro de Maeztu No. 7 Madrid, Spain 28040

Phone: +34 91 336 36 59

University of Minnesota

450 McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St
Minneapolis, MN 55455-2070

Phone: 612-625-7669

University of Kentucky

109 Kinkead Hall; 172 Funkhouser Drive
Lexington, KY 40506-0057

Phone: 859-257-3000 x211

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Karolinenplatz 5
Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany 64289

Phone: +49-6151-16-2046

Santa Clara University

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Phone: 408-554-6870

University of Waterloo

7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada N1S 2H4

Phone: 519-888-4567

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

104 University Circle
Lafayette, LA 70503

Phone: 337-482-5175

The Ohio State University

E331 Scott Labs, 201 W. 19th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

Phone: 614-292-6081

Team Missouri

202 University Center, 300 W. 12th Street
Rolla, MO 65409-1330

Phone: 573-341-4598

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1901 S. First Street, Suite A
Champaign, IL 61820-7406

Phone: 217-333-4694

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

P.O. Box 340. Milwaukee, WI 53201-0340

Phone: 414-229-4014

Rice University

6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Phone: 713-348-5152

Virginia Tech

1880 Pratt Drive, Suite 2006
Blacksburg, VA 24073

Phone: 540-818-5012

The University of Arizona

PO Box 3520. Tucson, AZ 85722-3520

Phone: 520-621-6751