The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a life-changing competition that challenges teams of collegiate students to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. The completed houses demonstrate a wide range of innovative efficiency, smart home, and solar technologies, showing consumers how easy and enjoyable it can be to make sustainable choices that save energy, water, and money.
This event highlights today’s most exciting and innovative clean energy technologies while building the next generation of American clean energy innovators. The students who conceive, design, and build these homes are our future engineers, architects, and entrepreneurs, who will lead us into a sustainable future.
To make this event a success, we need you to show your support! Invest to support the next generation of U.S. clean energy leaders.
Solar Decathlon is a biennial collegiate competition made up of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency.
The Solar Decathlon is much more than a collegiate competition. It’s an intensive course in sustainable practices for the participating college students. For visitors, it’s an informative demonstration that includes energy efficient design, clean energy technologies, and more! Solar Decathlon 2017 will feature a sustainability expo, professional development and consumer workshops, and middle school education events.
Solar Decathlon 2017 will be located in Denver, Colorado on October 5-9 and October 13-15, 2017, adjacent to the 61st & Peña Station on the University of Colorado A line commuter train that connects Denver International Airport to Union Station in downtown Denver.
Solar Decathlon is a great opportunity for you to get involved in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainability in the Front Range and Denver, as well as a national and international playing field.
As one of the top 10 metro areas for solar installations and sunny days, Denver is a smart choice to host Solar Decathlon 2017. The Denver region boasts significant city, county, and state commitments to sustainable development, as well as proximity to dozens of research, technology development, and higher education institutions. Solar Decathlon 2017 will be located within the mixed-use development at the 61st and Peña Station. The City and County of Denver, and the Denver International Airport partnered with Panasonic and Xcel Energy to create a national model for sustainable, transit-oriented, development that can enhance the region’s overall economic competitiveness. This mixed use development will emphasize vibrant urban living—linking employment opportunities with new housing choices along Denver’s eastern corridor.
Total media impressions exceeding 2 billion with more than 2,500 stories and 200 onsite media for a single event.
The full digital reach of the Solar Decathlon is accomplished through websites, blogs, and social media accounts dedicated to the Solar Decathlon, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
Your contribution to the Solar Decathlon is tax deductible.