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Solar Decathlon

Twenty teams of U.S. and international college students and hundreds of thousands of interested visitors gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for Solar Decathlon 2007, which concluded on October 20. This was the third Decathlon, with the first two held in 2002 and 2005.

For the Solar Decathlon, the student teams need to design, construct, and operate a home that relies only on solar power for all energy needs. While the home needs to be efficient, students are also charged with the responsibility of making their homes as attractive and livable as possible. The student teams proved successful in showcasing and demonstrating one of the Decathlon's prime objectives: to demonstrate that market-ready technologies exist that can meet the energy requirements of our daily activities by tapping into the sun's power. The Solar Decathlon is definitely a challenge for students as they invest long hours and continuous physical and mental labor to ready their homes and present them to the public, but their successes and accomplishments outweighed the hard work. These students proved their potential as future leaders in solar and renewable energy fields.

Plans for the next Solar Decathlon are already under way, and the event is scheduled to return to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in the fall of 2009.

Please visit the Solar Decathlon's official Website for more information and photos of the event.

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