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On Friday, October 24, 2014, Team Orange County welcomed students and invited guests to a groundbreaking ceremony for their U. S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon entry, “Casa Del Sol.”
After a successful first-ever West Coast competition in 2013, the international Solar Decathlon event returns to the Orange County Great Park in October 2015. The award-winning program challenges collegiate teams from across the nation and around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive.
Team Orange County is made up of students from four Orange County institutions of higher learning, including: University of California, Irvine; Chapman University; Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College. This marks the first time a team from Orange County has been selected to participate in the competition. Perhaps more notably, it is the first time four colleges and universities in Orange County have embarked on such a large-scale collaborative effort. By the time they reach the competition, the team will have spent two years preparing and working collaboratively on this STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related endeavor. The solar house will be built, tested and perfected on the campus of Irvine Valley College. Then, next October it will be moved to the Orange County Great Park for the Solar Decathlon competition.
Inspired by the California state flower, the poppy, “Casa del Sol” is adapted to Southern California with features that open up the building to ocean winds during the day and close at night to maintain a comfortable living environment. The 1,000 square foot building uses an energy-management control system, photovoltaic and solar thermal technology and wastewater recycling. Casa Del Sol is designed to serve a multi-generational family – a response to overcrowding and affordability problems in Southern California.
Solar Decathlon 2015 will be held October 8 – 18, 2015 with competition houses open to the public on eight days over two weekends. Each month leading up to the event, we will cover a related news event on this website. For additional information, please visit solardecathlon.gov.
“For Solar Decathlon 2015, we want to challenge teams further by requiring them to power not only their energy-efficient house but also their transportation,” said Richard King, Solar Decathlon director. “The addition of the Commuting Contest expands the competition from a house to a household and demonstrates the power of clean energy lifestyles in and beyond the home.”
Vehicles used in the 2015 Commuting Contest must be fully electric—representing zero-emission transportation to complement the net-zero houses. All vehicles used by the teams must be commercially available; have four wheels; seat at least two individuals side by side; and be licensed, registered, and insured. Vehicle-to-building integration solutions must be aesthetically pleasing, functional, and convenient.
We are pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon will return to the Orange County Great Park in 2015. This award-winning program challenges collegiate teams from across the nation and around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive.
Solar Decathlon 2015 will be held October 8 – 18, 2015 with competition houses open to visitors from 11am – 7pm daily on eight days over two weekends:
This is your opportunity to tour the highly efficient, solar-powered houses designed, built, and operated by the Solar Decathlon collegiate teams. Talk to the students, gather ideas, and learn about energy-saving features that can help you save money. (During the remaining dates the Solar Decathlon village will be closed for competition activities.)
The 17 collegiate teams selected to participate in Solar Decathlon 2015 include:
Solar Decathlon 2015 teams have begun a two-year process to design, test and build solar-powered, highly energy-efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation, and design excellence. This time, teams will be challenged further by requiring them to power not only their energy-efficient house but also their transportation. We will follow their progress from now until the fall of 2015 when the teams reassemble their houses on the competition site at the Orange County Great Park. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend!
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