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The Solar Decathlon is an award-winning competition that challenges teams to design, build, and demonstrate high-performance net zero energy homes.  The two-year program culminates with a competition at a single site where the houses are on public display in a Solar Village.

Mr. King created the inspiring collegiate competition in 2000 and has been its director for the past 15 years. Starting with the Solar Decathlon 2007 the competition began including international teams, and in 2010 the first Solar Decathlon Europe was held in Madrid, Spain.  The success of the European competition quickly spread leading to five other Solar Decathlons around the world. Mr. King participates on competition oversight committees and provides technical assistance to international organizers and event staff.


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Where are They Now? In Search of Former Solar Decathlon Houses
September 22, 2015

The US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon continues to educate on solar efficiency and sustainability through the solar houses that have competed...

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Solar Decathlon 2015: Build it and They Will Come
August 25, 2015

The US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 is recruiting volunteers! The award-winning educational event, October 8-18 in Irvine, California,...

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Solar Decathlon 2015: Nation’s Leading Sustainable Home Design Competition on the Horizon
July 13, 2015

The teams are set for this year's Solar Decathlon, which challenges students from around the world to design, build and operate highly energy...

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Solar Decathlon 2015: Let the Competition Begin
February 13, 2014

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

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Setting the Stage for the Next Solar Decathlon
November 4, 2013

As we close another impressive chapter in Solar Decathlon history, we look forward to the next event in 2015. Colleges, universities, and other...

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Come for Solar Decathlon, Stay for the Clean Energy XPO
September 27, 2013

Hosted alongside the Solar Decathlon, the clean energy XPO will showcase technology innovations and sustainable living through interactive exhibits...

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Solar Decathlon 2013: New Teams! New Location!
January 26, 2012

In addition to welcoming 20 new collegiate teams and hundreds of new student decathletes to our 2013 competition, we are announcing a new site.

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Solar Decathletes Inspire Today's Green Builders and Tomorrow's Innovations
January 14, 2011

An energetic group of university students from New Zealand to North Carolina are a huge draw at this year’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando...

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