Great Park site for DOE's 2013 Solar Decathlon

Great Park site for DOE's 2013 Solar Decathlon

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced that the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif., has been selected as the site for the 2013 Solar Decathlon. The Great Park will stage the event and showcase energy-efficient housing and clean energy technologies.

The Solar Decathlon challenges international collegiate teams to design and build solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive while promoting the education and economic benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Visitors will be able to tour the renewable-energy houses that combine energy-efficient construction and appliances at a specially-constructed Great Park Solar Village in the fall of 2013.

"The Orange County Great Park is proud and honored to be chosen as the host site for the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon," said Beth Krom, chair of the Orange County Great Park Corp. Board of Directors, in a press release. "This unique event fits perfectly with our vision and focus on innovation, sustainability and community engagement. We are excited and look forward to working with the Department of Energy, the participating universities and our community partners to put on an extraordinary event."

The Solar Decathlon is a biennial event that was launched in 2002. The 2013 Solar Decathlon at the Orange County Great Park will be the first Decathlon held outside of Washington D.C. The Great Park was selected through a national competition. (Read about the 2011 Solar Decathlon and features of the competition.)

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Topics: Solar Power

Companies: U.S. Department of Energy


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