Student-led project prepared for Solar Decathlon

Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 12:08 PM
posted by rene5432

Hundreds of students at Appalachian State University have worked for two years on a renewable energy project called Solar Homestead, and the experience has finally come to end, WCYB reports.

For the first time, the school has entered a project in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. The agency urges colleges to submit entries in this biannual competition of renewable energy home building. These projects had to function just like a normal home with affordable and efficient solar energy.

Appalachian State's entry into this program is particularly impressive because the school does not have an engineering or architecture degree program.

According to the Department of Energy, the Solar Decathlon was first held in 2002. The purpose of the competition is to educate students and the public about clean-energy opportunities and cost-effective and energy-efficient construction and appliances available today. Students are also provided with unique, hands-on training to peak their interest in and prepare them for careers in the nation's clean-energy workforce.

This year's Solar Decathlon will be held from September 23 to October 2 in Washington, D.C., at the National Mall's West Potomac Park. 

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