The competition


U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 is a contest between international, collegiate universities that are challenged to design, build and operate solar powered, energy efficient, sustainable and attractive houses. This is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy and has been held every two years. 

The goal of the Solar Decathlon is to inform students and the world about the advantages of clean energy and to demonstrate the comfort and affordability of homes that are energy efficient.

The contest consists of 10 separate challenges. They can also be considered as criteria for the houses that are participating in the competition, since the houses are rated based upon those challenges. With these 10 challenges, the U.S. Department of Energy stimulates students to develop a house that is not only self-sufficient but is also ready to be used in the current standard of living.

In total each team can earn 1000 points, 100 for each challenge. The points will be divided by a jury that consists of professionals. The team that has achieved most points during the contest has the honor to call itself “Solar Decathlon Champion”.




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