U.S. Department of Energy

    Maryland Wins Lighting Contest, Takes First in Two Contests in a Row

    October 17, 2007

    The University of Maryland took first place in the Solar Decathlon's lighting contest on October 17th, earning them their second first-place win in two days. Out of a possible total of 75 points, the University of Maryland was awarded 72.75 points, followed by the German Technische Universität Darmstadt with 70.50 points and Team Montréal (comprising École de Technologie Supérieure, Université de Montréal, and McGill University) with 69.25 points. For the lighting contest, officials evaluated the aesthetics, innovation, and performance behind the homes' lighting systems. A second part of the lighting contest, worth 25 points, measures the lighting levels during both the day and night throughout the week, and will be awarded on October 18th. See the DOE press release and the Daily Journal entry.

    As of the afternoon of October 17th, the University of Maryland was the leader in the Solar Decathlon, followed by the German team and Pennsylvania State University. Seven contests remain, including engineering, market viability, comfort, appliances, hot water, energy balance, and the ability to power a solar car with their home. The market viability contest, worth 150 points, will be announced on October 18th. The overall winner will be announced on October 19th.

    The Solar Decathlon is a competition involving 20 university teams from across the world designing and building homes that are completely powered and heated by solar energy. It is sponsored by the DOE; DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory; the American Institute of Architects; the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers; the National Association of Homebuilders; the U.S. Green Building Council; and private-sector sponsors BP and Sprint. See the Solar Decathlon Web site for daily updates, current standings, photos, and videos.