Location of U.S. Department of Energy's 2011 Solar Decathlon at the National Mall's West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Collegiate teams featuring over 4,000 students from around the world are arriving at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park to assemble the highly energy efficienta solar-powered houses they built for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. The teams will then compete in 10 contests during 10 days that gauge each house’s performance, livability and affordability.
|WHO:||Participating collegiate teams from five countries on four continents and DOE representatives|
|WHAT:||House Assembly/Construction:Teams build their houses for the competition and public exhibit
Media Preview Day: Advance access to students, DOE spokespeople and houses
Opening Ceremony: VIPs, event organizers and students in ceremony and ribbon cutting
|WHEN:||House Assembly/Construction: September 13 (trucks arrive at 11:00 p.m.) – September 20, 2011*
Media Preview Day: Wednesday, September 21
2:30 – 2:00 p.m. Program and guided tour of solar village
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. House access and interview availability
Opening Ceremony: Thursday, September 22, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
|WHERE:||National Mall’s West Potomac Park, Washington, D.C.
Free Shuttle from Smithsonian Metro: September 21, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
September 22, 7:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
|RSVP:||Media wishing to attend should RSVP by visiting www.SolarDecathlon.gov/press_room.html or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-905-3339.
*Advance coordination is required to visit during the Assembly/Construction phase.
Solar Decathlon 2011 teams competing on the National Mall’s West Potomac Park
Team houses will open to the public free of charge September 23 – October 2, and the overall winner will be announced on October 1. For full event information, free shuttle details, current standings, high-resolution photos, videos, an event schedule and daily results, visit www.SolarDecathlon.gov. You may also follow the competition real-time on Facebook at Facebook.com/DOESolarDecathlon and Twitter at @Solar_Decathlon.
More about the Solar Decathlon
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate students from around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are affordable, highly energy efficient, attractive, and easy to live in. The competition shows consumers how to save money and energy with affordable clean energy products that are available today. The nearly two-year projects culminate in an unprecedented display of affordable green living and design on the National Mall’s West Potomac Park from September 23 – October 2, 2011. The Solar Decathlon also provides participating students with hands-on experience and unique training that prepares them to enter our nation’s clean energy workforce, supporting the Obama Administration’s goal of creating an economy based on clean energy technologies while saving families and businesses money.
News Media Contact:
DOE Public Affairs, (202) 586-4940
For On-Site Inquiries and Logistics: Ben Goldstein, (202) 905-3339