DOE's Solar Decathlon—After the Competition

February 19, 2003

The U.S. Department of Energy was the proud sponsor of the first-ever Solar Decathlon, a university competition that brought together our nation's brightest minds to demonstrate practical ways of producing and using energy efficiently in the home.

Students were challenged to capture, store, and use enough solar energy to power an entire household, including a home-based business and local transportation needs. Student teams demonstrated how market-ready solar technologies can be applied to a variety of homes and lifestyles. The houses were constructed over a 5-day period and displayed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Technology Day

FEMP hosted Technology Day at the Solar Decathlon on October 4 to increase awareness of the events. Federal employees and school children were invited to visit the solar village and learn more about the energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies used in each of the homes. FEMP staff spoke to hundreds of visitors and distributed Energy Awareness Month posters and other materials to promote energy conservation and a secure energy future for our nation.