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The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® is a collegiate competition made up of 10 contests that challenges student teams to design and build high performance and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. Learn more at SolarDecathlon.gov.

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This year, #Smithsonian #SummerCamp is including a Go Green camp for kids in grades 5-7, with special focus on the Solar Decathlon! Kids will learn about clean energy careers, and visit the Solar Village and meet the student teams in the #SolarDecathlonBuild Challenge! Register your child now! 🌞🌳🌎🏕️  @SmithsonianTSA  @SmithsonianFolk@SmithsonianTSA  @SmithsonianFolk

Smithsonian Summer Camp

This year, #Smithsonian #SummerCamp is including a Go Green camp for kids in grades 5-7, with special focus on the Solar Decathlon! Kids will learn about clean energy careers, and visit the Solar Village and meet the student teams in the #SolarDecathlonBuild Challenge! Register your child now! 🌞🌳🌎🏕️ @SmithsonianTSA @SmithsonianFolk@SmithsonianTSA @SmithsonianFolk

This just in: Solar Decathlon Sponsorship Manager Stacy Hunt confesses her addiction to serving as a juror at the international competitions! Read all about it in our latest blog post.

Juror Tells All

This just in: Solar Decathlon Sponsorship Manager Stacy Hunt confesses her addiction to serving as a juror at the international competitions! Read all about it in our latest blog post.

“Before the Solar Decathlon, I had never considered working in the field of building efficiency,” says Bennett Doherty, who competed in 2018 with the Middlebury College team. “The Solar Decathlon introduced me to this field in an exciting and captivating manner and opened my eyes to the built environment’s significant role in reducing our carbon consumption.” Now, Bennett is #SDLivingTheDream as a research engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; read more in our latest blog…

#SDLivingTheDream as a research engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

“Before the Solar Decathlon, I had never considered working in the field of building efficiency,” says Bennett Doherty, who competed in 2018 with the Middlebury College team. “The Solar Decathlon introduced me to this field in an exciting and captivating manner and opened my eyes to the built environment’s significant role in reducing our carbon consumption.” Now, Bennett is #SDLivingTheDream as a research engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; read more in our latest blog…

Join Solar Decathlon Affiliate ASES at their 49th Annual National Solar Conference, SOLAR 20/20: Renewable Energy Vision, June 23-26, 2020 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The conference is happening in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s #SolarDecathlonBuild Challenge and will feature a Solar Decathlete student panel! Register today and learn more at ases.org/conference.

National Solar Conference, SOLAR 20/20

Join Solar Decathlon Affiliate ASES at their 49th Annual National Solar Conference, SOLAR 20/20: Renewable Energy Vision, June 23-26, 2020 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The conference is happening in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s #SolarDecathlonBuild Challenge and will feature a Solar Decathlete student panel! Register today and learn more at ases.org/conference.

One exciting element of the #SolarDecathlonBuild Challenge is the teams' local community exhibition of their homes. 🏠  Find out when and where these homes will be on display in this new page on our website.

See the homes!

One exciting element of the #SolarDecathlonBuild Challenge is the teams' local community exhibition of their homes. 🏠 Find out when and where these homes will be on display in this new page on our website.

Which teams will be competing in Solar Decathlon Europe 2021? It's just been announced! ...... #SolarDecathlonEurope #EnergyEndeavourFoundation

SDE21 Teams

Which teams will be competing in Solar Decathlon Europe 2021? It's just been announced! ...... #SolarDecathlonEurope #EnergyEndeavourFoundation

Students, you can start planning now for the Solar Decathlon 2021 Design Challenge and 2022 Build Challenge. ☀️🏫🏠See what's new! #SolarDecathlonDesign #SolarDecathlonBuild

See what's new!

Students, you can start planning now for the Solar Decathlon 2021 Design Challenge and 2022 Build Challenge. ☀️🏫🏠See what's new! #SolarDecathlonDesign #SolarDecathlonBuild

Dylan Weber Callahan, who participated in the 2017 #SolarDecathlonBuild Challenge with WashU-St. Louis, has made great use of that experience in his current design role in the New York office of HOK: “Participating in the Solar Decathlon has given me a better understanding about the importance of collaboration on any given project.” Read about Dylan on our blog, the first in a series to highlight SD alumni and how the competition has helped shape their careers. We call it #SDLivingTheDream!

#SDLivingTheDream

Dylan Weber Callahan, who participated in the 2017 #SolarDecathlonBuild Challenge with WashU-St. Louis, has made great use of that experience in his current design role in the New York office of HOK: “Participating in the Solar Decathlon has given me a better understanding about the importance of collaboration on any given project.” Read about Dylan on our blog, the first in a series to highlight SD alumni and how the competition has helped shape their careers. We call it #SDLivingTheDream!

Solar Decathlon Director Holly Carr guest-blogs at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture's (ACSA) StudyArchitecture.com on "future-proofing your career".

Future-Proofing Your Career

Solar Decathlon Director Holly Carr guest-blogs at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture's (ACSA) StudyArchitecture.com on "future-proofing your career".

Congrats to a past grand prize winner of the Design Challenge, Prairie View A&M University, for placing in The American Institute of Architects' 2019 COTE Top Ten for Students Competition!   #aianational   #pvamu

Winners - Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

Congrats to a past grand prize winner of the Design Challenge, Prairie View A&M University, for placing in The American Institute of Architects' 2019 COTE Top Ten for Students Competition! #aianational #pvamu

Wishing you a highly efficient holiday season and plenty of time with family and friends in a well-insulated, renewables-ready space! 🎄🎄🎄 Artwork by Ezra Carr.

Wishing you a highly efficient holiday season and plenty of time with family and friends in a well-insulated, renewables-ready space! 🎄🎄🎄 Artwork by Ezra Carr.

Special thanks to Solar Decathlon founder Richard King for these photos of the Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean winning team, Minga! #sdlac #solardecathlon

Special thanks to Solar Decathlon founder Richard King for these photos of the Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean winning team, Minga! #sdlac #solardecathlon

Congrats to the top finishers in Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean: 1. Minga; 2. PEI; 3. Tuhouse. ...... Team Minga created compelling and heartfelt communications materials illustrating disaster resistance, recovery, and collaboration like this video.

Congrats to the top finishers in Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean: 1. Minga; 2. PEI; 3. Tuhouse. ...... Team Minga created compelling and heartfelt communications materials illustrating disaster resistance, recovery, and collaboration like this video.

Amy Colorado of Solar One taught a workshop on Saturday at Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean for youth to learn about the power of solar. ☀️ (Photos courtesy of Amy Colorado.)

Amy Colorado of Solar One taught a workshop on Saturday at Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean for youth to learn about the power of solar. ☀️ (Photos courtesy of Amy Colorado.)

The results of the Solar Decathlon Latin America & Caribbean communications contest: First place, TuHouse; second place, Minga; third place, PEI. Here, left to right, it's the comms, marketing and social awareness jurors, Amy Colorado, Cristina Cardona, and Stacy Hunt, along with jury coordinator Andrés Errazo Paz.

The results of the Solar Decathlon Latin America & Caribbean communications contest: First place, TuHouse; second place, Minga; third place, PEI. Here, left to right, it's the comms, marketing and social awareness jurors, Amy Colorado, Cristina Cardona, and Stacy Hunt, along with jury coordinator Andrés Errazo Paz.

Team Chameleon integrates performance and video into their introductory presentation at Solar Decathlon Latin America & Caribbean. Student team actors lament the loss of their home and school in storms, then other team members introduce their disaster-resilience home solution. #sdlac2019
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Team members introduce their disaster-resilience home solution

Team Chameleon integrates performance and video into their introductory presentation at Solar Decathlon Latin America & Caribbean. Student team actors lament the loss of their home and school in storms, then other team members introduce their disaster-resilience home solution. #sdlac2019