Energy Department Announces 16 Collegiate Teams to Compete in Solar Decathlon 2017

Energy Department Announces 16 Collegiate Teams to Compete in Solar Decathlon 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – January 21, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the 16 collegiate teams selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 competition. The teams, from colleges and universities across the United States and around the world, will now begin the nearly two-year process of building solar-powered houses that are affordable, innovative and highly energy-efficient.

“President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy aims to create a safer and more sustainable planet, while ensuring American students and workers have the skills they need for the challenging jobs of today and tomorrow,” said DOE’s Solar Decathlon Director, Richard King. “The Solar Decathlon competition supports the department’s commitment to improving the nation’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education efforts, and to building a more knowledge-intensive workforce.”

Over the coming months, the 16 Solar Decathlon teams will design, construct and test their houses before reassembling them at the Solar Decathlon 2017 competition site, which will be announced soon. As part of the Solar Decathlon, teams compete in 10 different contests – ranging from architecture and engineering to home appliance performance – while gaining valuable hands-on experience in clean energy design. The winner of the competition will be the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. For the first time in the competition’s history, the Solar Decathlon 2017 teams will be competing for $2 million in prize money.

In mid-2017, the student teams will showcase their solar-powered houses at the competition site to the public, providing free tours of renewable energy systems and energy-efficient technologies, products, and appliances that today are helping homeowners nationwide save money by saving energy. The solar-powered houses will represent a diverse range of design approaches; building technologies; target markets; and geographic locations, climates and regions, including urban, suburban and rural settings.

The following teams have been selected to compete in Solar Decathlon 2017:

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Daytona State College (Daytona Beach, Florida)
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia)
HU University of Applied Science Utrecht (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla, Missouri)
Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois)
Rice University (Houston, Texas)
Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York)
University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, Alabama)
University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley, California)
University of California, Davis (Davis, California)
University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Washington State University (Pullman, Washington)
Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri)
West Virginia University (Morgantown, West Virginia)
The 16 teams include eight returning teams and eight new teams.

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 at




The U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) provides information on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy  works to strengthen the United States' energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality in public-private partnerships. It supports this goal through: Enhancing energy efficiency and productivity, Bringing clean, reliable and affordable energy technologies to the marketplace, and Making a difference in the everyday lives of Americans by enhancing their energy choices and their quality of life.


Office of the Assistant Secretary
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Mail Stop EE-1
Department of Energy
Washington, DC 20585

Phone: 1-877-EERE-INF (1-877-337-3463)

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