The Incredible, Affordable Solar Decathlon 2011
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A version of this article appears in the March/April 2012
issue of Home Energy Magazine.
March 01, 2012
Last September, 19 college teams with more than 4,000 students from around the world arrived on the National Mall's West Potomac Park. Their mission: Build a self-powered solar house for less than $250,000 to compete in architecture, energy efficiency, market appeal, and seven other contests for DOE’s Solar Decathlon 2011. The result—the average house cost dropped from $485,000 in 2009 to $325,000. Seven of the houses—after ten days of mostly cloudy weather—met more than 100% of their own power, lighting, and thermal-comfort needs.
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