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2009 Solar Decathlon

Event starts on  October 09, 2009 and ends on  October 18, 2009
Location:  Washington, D.C.

The Solar Decathlon is a biennial competition where 20 teams of university students develop fully-functional houses that draw all their energy from the sun. After spending two years developing their homes, the students ship their partially completed homes to the National Mall, finish building the homes, and then compete in 10 contests that measure the team's skills in architecture, home design, and communications. The solar homes must produce enough electricity and hot water to perform all the normal functions of a home, including powering the lights and home electronics, washing clothes and dishes, showering, and cooking, all while maintaining a comfortable temperature. Teams can also earn bonus points if their homes produce a surplus of electricity.

Opening ceremonies for the 2009 Solar Decathlon will be held on October 8, and the event will be open to the public on October 9-13 and 15-18.

2009 Solar Decathlon