Energy Secretary Steven Chu speaks with members from the Appalachina State University during the U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon, Washington, DC, September 30, 2011. (Credit: S.Paltera/ U.S. DOE / Solar Decathlon)
The Solar Decathlon is a competition that challenges college and university teams from around the world to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are affordable, highly energy efficient, attractive, and easy to live in. The 2011 teams and their houses represented a broad range of design solutions, geographic locations and climate, and were targeted toward urban, suburban and rural settings. The houses were intended for different housing markets, including lower-income, disaster relief, retirement, and single family.
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