Solar house competition – Solar Decathlon, Washington DC

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It’s pouring rain and cold in Washington so it doesn’t seem very solar. But it was fun to see all the solar, off-the-power-grid houses in the Solar Decathlon competition sponsored by the U.S. Dept of Energy. All my photos of the houses are here; more information is on the website here. Germany won, Illinois second, California third. There were two submissions from Canada, one each from Cuba, Spain and other US states. Above, Cornell University.

Solar-powered houses - Solar Decathlon

Below, Team Germany, Winner.

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Solar-powered house

Solar-powered house

Above, Ohio State. Below, Team Minnesota.

Solar-powered house

Solar-powered house

Above, Team Illinois, 2nd place. Below, Team California, 3rd place.

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