Solar Power to Live By

The U.S Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2013 kicked off this week in Irvine, California. Since 2002, this event has been held every two years. This year marks the first time it’s been held outside the Washington, DC area in one of the sunniest spots in the country: Orange County, California.

Competing in Solar Decathlon 2013 are 20 teams from across the U.S. and as far away as the Czech Republic. Teams are chosen from hundreds of student teams from universities and colleges across the globe. Participating teams are charged with building a solar powered home from designing and sourcing all the way through construction.

Mayor of Irvine, Steven Choi, described the event as “a two year journey of hardSolar Decathlon ribbon cutting work and innovation.” He helped open the event with a ribbon cutting Thursday morning. During the event, teams were recognized for their creativity, enthusiasm and commitment to zero energy living.

Over the next 10 days, the homes will be evaluated for their performance and teams will be asked to showcase the function of each dwelling’s systems by holding dinner parties and a movie night. Andersen is pleased to be a sponsor of Stanford University’s SmartHome, which contains Andersen 100 Series windows and a five-panel Folding Panel Door.

The Solar Decathlon, along the Enivronmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program, are ways in which energy efficiency is promoted throughout the country. Good luck to Stanford and all of this year’s competitors!

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