In February, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman announced the 20 collegiate teams selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015. The Decathlon challenges the teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and aesthetically pleasing.
Teams have approximately two years to design and build their houses and the winning design will be the one that best showcases affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence, as well as optimal energy production and efficiency.
Three Missouri schools are participating: Drury University (Springfield), Crowder College (Neosho) and the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla). In 2013, the Vienna University of Technology (Vienna, Austria) won the Decathlon. The 2015 competition will take place at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Ca.
See pictures of the Missouri University of Science and Technology’s 2013 Decathlon house.