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Solar Decathlon 2017 Teams Announced By Department Of Energy

The 16 collegiate teams that will be competing in the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2017 competition have now been announced by the Energy Department, according to a recent press release.

The 16 teams in question will now spend much of the next 2 years working on their entries — which are all expected to be energy efficient, solar-powered houses that can be built for a reasonable amount of money while still showcasing “innovative” design/features. These entries will then be disassembled when the competition is approaching, shipped to the competition site, reassembled, and judged. The site of Solar Decathlon 2017 has yet to be revealed, but that’s expected to be announced soon.


Among the teams chosen, 8 have competed in previous Solar Decathlons and 8 are first time competitors — all vying for a prize money pool totaling $2 million, a first for the competition.

The press release provides more:

As part of the Solar Decathlon, teams compete in 10 different contests — ranging from architecture and engineering to home appliance performance — while gaining valuable hands-on experience in clean energy design. The winner of the competition will be the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

In mid-2017, the student teams will showcase their solar-powered houses at the competition site to the public, providing free tours of renewable energy systems and energy-efficient technologies, products, and appliances that today are helping homeowners nationwide save money by saving energy. The solar-powered houses will represent a diverse range of design approaches; building technologies; target markets; and geographic locations, climates and regions, including urban, suburban and rural settings.

Here’s a list of the teams chosen:

  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Daytona State College (Daytona Beach, Florida)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • HU University of Applied Science Utrecht (Utrecht, Netherlands)
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla, Missouri)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois)
  • Rice University (Houston, Texas)
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, Alabama)
  • University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley, California)
  • University of California, Davis (Davis, California)
  • University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • Washington State University (Pullman, Washington)
  • Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri)
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown, West Virginia)
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