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What Is Solar Decathlon?

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.

The University of Texas at Austin and Technische Universitaet Muenchen perform a cheer at their house at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California, Oct. 15, 2015. Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
Second-place winner of the Engineering Contest is the University of California, Irvine; Chapman University; Irvine Valley College; and Saddleback College at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015, October 17, 2015, at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California. Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Benefits

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.

  • Take pride in supporting the U.S. clean energy economy.
  • Empower the next generation of clean energy innovators.
  • Gain recognition as a sponsor of this premier educational event, which is promoted to tens of thousands of onsite visitors and hundreds of thousands of online fans and followers in the United States and abroad. Your name will appear on this site as one of our active sponsors.
  • Demonstrate your company or organization’s commitment to building a more sustainable future for our country and our planet.

Why Denver?

Front Range Showcase

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.

Exterior of the house built by students from the Missouri University of Science and Technology to compete in Solar Decathlon 2013 in Irvine, Calif. at the Orange County Great Park. Credit: Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California
Exterior of the house built by students from Arizona State University and the University of New Mexico to compete in Solar Decathlon 2013 in Irvine, Calif. at the Orange County Great Park. Credit: Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Public Engagement

  • 90,000+ visitors over 9 days to experience the competition, events, and expo
  • 350,000+ house tours conducted by student decathletes
  • 6,000+ middle school students and teachers
  • 1,000+ volunteers donating more than 7,500 hours

Worldwide Media Coverage

Total media impressions exceeding 2 billion with more than 2,500 stories and 200 onsite media for a single event.

Digital Reach

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).

Web

  • Nearly 1 million page views and 500,000 visitors for Solar Decathlon 2015

Facebook Fans

  • Solar Decathlon, 20,000+
  • DOE, 115,000+
  • EERE, 158,000+

Twitter Followers

  • Solar Decathlon, 17,000+
  • DOE & EERE, 600,000+

YouTube Subscribers

  • Solar Decathlon, 1700+
  • DOE & EERE, 15,000+

Flickr Followers

  • 2.4+ million overall views Instagram Followers
  • 1,000+ photos tagged by the public

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