The countdown is on! In less than three months, hundreds of collegestudents from 19 universities will descend on Washington, DC to spendnight and day building solar-powered homes — all for the glory ofbeing chosen as the team to best blend affordability, consumer appeal,and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximumefficiency into their creation.
This year, teams from across the United States as well as New Zealand, China, Canada, and Belgium will compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon which will take place at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in DC,from September 23 to October 2, 2011. Open to the public free of charge, visitors can tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes,and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today.
Over the last 2 years, I was lucky to spend time with Team California –which brought home victorious 3rd place honors to the Golden State –in 2009 and attend the Solar Decathlon in Madrid, Spain in 2010. Theevents are a great way to educate student participants and the publicabout the many cost-saving opportunities presented by clean-energyproducts. Visitors can also see some amazingly creative designs andmind-boggling solutions to the challenges of daily living in a verysmall space! For a preview, take a computer animated walk-through of the designs.
Applied Materials, as a leader in scaling green manufacturing, is pleased tohelp sponsor this year’s Decathlon in the nation’s Capital and we lookforward to being a founding partner in launching the first SolarDecathlon in China in 2013.