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About the 2009 Solar Decathlon

Logo for U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

The Solar Decathlon is a competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in partnership with its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

This is the fourth Solar Decathlon event and the second time the University of Illinois will be involved. The Decathlon gets its name from the 10 specific areas of competition: architecture, market viability, engineering, lighting design, communications, comfort zone, hot water, appliances, home entertainment, and net metering.The team that finishes the week of competition with the most points wins. Visit the DOE's Contests and Scoring page for more details on each category.

University of Illinois: 2007 Elementhouse

This image is a photo of the South side of the 2007 Solar Decathlon house, named the Element House. The concept for the University of Illinois' Solar Decathlon house was a flexible modular system that could provide utility-independent housing for temporary or seasonal use. The 580 square foot house features readily available appliances and products such as the cedar siding you see on the exterior.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign won two of the ten Solar Decathlon contests in October 2007.   Elementhouse, Illinois' student-built solar-powered house competed with entries from 19 other universities from around the world on the national mall in Washington, D.C., Oct. 2-20. Illinois earned top honors in the Market Viability and Comfort Zone contests and placed ninth overall.

A link the 2007 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Solar Decathlon website.

Taking first place was the Technological University of Darmstadt, Germany. The University of Maryland earned second place, and Santa Clara (Calif. ) University took home third. The winners were announced Oct. 19 in D.C.