Keeping Cool at the Third Solar Decathlon

January/February 2008
A version of this article appears in the January/February 2008 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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January 27, 2008
Anyone interested in the latest earth-friendly heating, cooling, appliance, and other home energy technologies should check out the Solar Decathlon, a biennial event sponsored by DOE that invites teams from colleges and universities around the world to design and build cutting-edge green homes. The homes are assembled on the Capitol Mall in Washington, D.C., and teams compete for top honors in ten contests (that’s why it’s a decathlon). Each home must meet all its operating energy needs, and also produce enough energy to power an electric vehicle, from the sun. 

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