Solar Decathlon Teams Officially Begin Reconstructing Their Houses for Event in Denver

The 11 teams competing in this year’s Solar Decathlon in October began reconstructing their houses in Denver over the weekend.

All teams built their fully self-contained house entries at their home bases, then broke them down and shipped them to Denver for the event. It will take the students nine days to rebuild their houses, which will make up the Solar Decathlon village. The village will be open to the public starting Oct. 5.

The houses will be judged in 10 contest that will evaluate their readiness for real-world living.

Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy Energy Policy Podcast host Jeff Lyng on Sept. 21 spoke about his experience on the 2005 winning Solar Decathlon Team. He said that building the homes for the Solar Decathlon is an intense process, and the students who stick with the project realize that it’s a way to get training and differentiate themselves from job applicants. Having the Solar Decathlon on a resume is an “incredible icebreaker” for job interviews, he said.

Visitors to the Solar Decathlon see the solar village and houses, but Lyng said that what they don’t see is how much growth and learning the students have gone through to get there.

See the House Entries Here

More Reading

Solar Decathlon Teams Enter Construction Phase; Readying for October Competition

A Ribbon Cutting and a Sneak Peek — The Latest from Solar Decathlon 2017 Teams

The Many Fates of Former Solar Decathlon Houses

Lead image credit: U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon on YouTube

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Jennifer Delony, analyst for TransmissionHub, started her career as a B2B news editor in the local and long-distance telecommunications industries in the '90s. Jennifer began covering renewable energy issues at the local level in 2005 and covered U.S. and Canadian utility-scale wind energy as editor of North American Windpower magazine from 2006-2009. She also provides analysis for the oil and natural gas sectors as editor of Oilman Magazine.

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