Congratulations to Team Germany for winning the 2009 Solar Decathlon. With a massive 11.1 kW array, and thin film on the walls, there was no one who could match their net metering prowess. Illinois finished second; California, third, and Ontario fourth. Make no mistake about it. Germany won based on the strength of its PV array. It finished in the top five of the other nine categories, except for communications. On net metering, it received 150—out of a total of 150 points. This is the photo of the winning entry.
Archive for October, 2009
The day belonged not to Barack Obama, but to the visionary students on the National Mall who came from not only the US, but also from Canada, Germany and Spain to showcase their solar homes in the Solar Decathalon. There were lines at every house and some of the lines were not short—some people waited for as long as 30 minutes to get into some of the houses.
Communities throughout the United States showcased their solar homes on the National Solar Tour. Homeowners on the tour showed off their PV panels or solar thermal collectors. It was quite an opportunity to see some of the solar homes and talk with the homeowners who have embarked on their own solar journeys. We talk about the homes we saw on the solar home tour in our area of the country.
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