Solar Decathlon Shines on Nation’s Capital

The United States Department of Energy continues to encourage clean energy innovation in America through its loan guarantee program and events like the Solar Decathlon  — an international collegiate competition to build the best solar-powered house.

The University of Maryland won this year’s event, which took place from Sept. 23 to Oct. 2 at West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. The home, called WaterShed,  is “a model of how the built environment can help preserve watersheds everywhere by managing storm water onsite, filtering pollutants from greywater, and minimizing water use,” according to the DOE Solar Decathlon website.

Besides UMD, the teams, representing 13 countries, five states and four continents, impressed the judges in 10 contests over nine days.

Last weekend I paid a visit to the Solar Decathlon and toured some of the eco-friendly homes. There were also demonstrations of electric vehicles, EV charging stations, wind turbines and solar panels.

Click here for photos from the Solar Decathlon at West Potomac Park.

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Josh Marks is a clean energy blogger and environmental journalist who was inspired to start blogging about climate disruption two years ago after ditching his car and choosing to live a low carbon life by walking, biking and taking public transportation in Los Angeles. Josh founded a blog called Green SoCal while living in L.A., and then Green D.C. when he moved to Washington, D.C. Both blogs focused on regional energy and environmental issues. Most recently, Josh retired his two blogs and started a new blog called Green Center, and then renamed it Green Forward. The blog examines solutions to global climate disruption, environmental conservation, renewable energy security and the transition to a sustainable economy.Visit Green Forward at

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