In the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, collegiate teams design and build energy-efficient houses powered by the sun. These teams spend almost two years creating houses to compete in the 10 contests of the Solar Decathlon. The winning team produces a house that:
- Is affordable, attractive, and easy to live in
- Maintains comfortable and healthy indoor environmental conditions
- Supplies energy to household appliances for cooking, cleaning, and entertainment
- Provides adequate hot water
- Produces as much or more energy than it consumes.
Here is the latest news from the competition:
The team from Yale University withdrew from the competition indicating that fundraising over the summer did not meet expectations, which impacted their construction schedule. As a result, they were not able to finish building their house in time. Just six weeks remain before teams begin assembling their competition houses at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.
“Unfortunately, Yale has withdrawn from the competition,” said Richard King, Solar Decathlon director. “I am extremely sad to see them go, as they were a tight-knit group of competitors who worked very hard on their project over the past two years. This is a disappointment for everyone.”
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.