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Secretary Chu to Speak at Solar Decathlon 2011 Awards Ceremony

September 30, 2011 - 5:44pm


WASHINGTON, DC – On Saturday, October 1, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will join collegiate students and event sponsors at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 closing ceremony to announce this year’s winner. The ceremony will take place at West Potomac Park.

WHO: U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu

           Richard King, Director of the Solar Decathlon, U.S. Department of Energy              

WHAT:  The Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate houses powered by the sun that are affordable, energy efficient, attractive, and easy to live in.  Saturday’s announcement will cap off the nearly two week competition and identify the team that best blended affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

RSVP: For more details, visit  RSVP to attend by contacting or (202) 812-5985.

WHERE:  National Mall’s West Potomac Park, Washington, D.C.

Note: There is almost no parking at West Potomac Park.  We strongly encourage media to ride the free shuttle from Smithsonian Metro, which operates from 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Saturday

This is the final weekend that these highly efficient solar-powered houses will be open to the public for free tours.  Following the awards ceremony, the solar village will open for one final day on Sunday, October 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Media interested in covering the Solar Decathlon 2011 may visit for more information, to arrange an interview, or to schedule a personalized tour of the solar village.  For full event information, current standings, high-resolution photos, videos, an event schedule and daily results, visit  You also may follow the competition in real time on Facebook at and Twitter at @Solar_Decathlon. 

Solar Decathlon 2011 teams competing on the National Mall’s West Potomac Park


  • Appalachian State University
  • Canada (University of Calgary)
  • Florida International University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Maryland
  • Middlebury College
  • New Zealand (Victoria University of Wellington)
  • The Ohio State University
  • Parsons NS Stevens (Parsons The New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology, a team that also includes Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School)
  • Purdue University
  • The Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology
  • Team Belgium (Ghent University)
  • Team China (Tongji University)
  • Team Florida (The University of South Florida, Florida State University, the University of Central Florida, and the University of Florida)
  • Team Massachusetts (Massachusetts College of Art and Design and University of Massachusetts at Lowell)
  • Team New Jersey (Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey and New Jersey Institute of Technology)
  • Team New York (The City College of New York)
  • The University of Tennessee
  • Tidewater Virginia (Old Dominion University and Hampton University)

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 transitioning to a clean energy economy while saving families and businesses money.