• [ October 3 – 13, 2013 ]
    Irvine, CA

  • Conference: Solar Decathlon by the U.S. Department of Energy


Orange County Great Park

Irvine, California

October 3-13, 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy is holding another Solar Decathlon in October to again challenge collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002 and has occurred biennially in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011.

Open to the public free of charge, the competition houses will be open to visitors on eight days over two weekends. Public hours will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily:

  • Thursday, Oct. 3–Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
  • Thursday, Oct. 10–Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.

The Solar Decathlon gives visitors the opportunity to tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today.

View the tentative site map, and find out how you can apply to be in the next Solar Decathlon.