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Solar Decathlon

In the video above, Lakiya Culley talks about how her solar-powered, passive home, which was donated to Habitat for Humanity by a Solar Decathlon 2011 team, has changed her family's future.Learn how some of the nation’s best and brightest students are proving that owning ultra-efficient, solar-powered houses can be part of the middle class dream.

Through the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, college students across the world are proving that energy-efficient, solar-powered houses can be comfortable, attractive and cost effective.

Since the two-year competition started in 2002, Solar Decathlon has not only helped train the next generation of energy leaders -- providing them with hands-on experience in everything from fundraising and communications to design and building -- it has transformed the way the Department educates the public about money-saving technologies and design solutions.

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Solar Decathlon 2015: Let the Competition Begin

We're officially kicking off Solar Decathlon 2015 with the announcement of 20 new collegiate teams. Find out who will compete!

Solar Decathlon Turns Ten
For the past 10 years, the Solar Decathlon has educated consumers about affordable clean energy products that save energy and money, and provided hands-on training for jobs in the clean energy economy. | Photo courtesy of Stefano Paltera, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

The Energy Department's Solar Decathlon has a 10-year history of preparing the next generation of energy leaders to enter the workforce.

Solar Decathlon 2013: Meet the Teams

We're going behind the scenes to show you what it takes to compete in the Solar Decathlon. First up, meet the teams and learn about their unique take on building solar-powered houses.