Students Converge in D.C. for Solar Power Extravaganza

October 28, 2009

By Alanna Malone
This article originally appeared on GreenSource.

Recent visitors to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., might have wondered if they accidentally stumbled upon a mobile-home park of the future. Starting October 1, 20 eccentric-looking, solar-powered homes sprung up for the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a student competition to design and build livable, energy-efficient homes. Twenty integrated-discipline teams from around the world were involved in this year’s contest. Team Germany was named the overall winner. Click on the slide show icon to see images of the houses.

Afghanistan, Old City of Herat
Photo © Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
Twenty teams of students converged on the National Mall to build their fully functional solar-powered homes.
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The 20 Teams

    * Cornell University
    * Iowa State University
    * Penn State
    * Rice University
    * Team Alberta
    * Team Boston
    * Team California
    * Team Missouri
    * Team Ontario/BC
    * Team Germany
    * Team Spain
    * The Ohio State University
    * The University of Arizona
    * Universidad de Puerto Rico
    * University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    * University of Kentucky
    * University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    * University of Minnesota
    * University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    * Virginia Tech

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