Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Solar Decathlon Results

As faithful readers of this blog well remember, Dale worked on Santa Clara University's solar house entry in the Solar Decathlon, held in Washington DC on the Mall.

The results are in and Team California won third place! This is an awesome accomplishment given the competition from much bigger teams with more money behind them. They won first place in architecture and communication and won second place in engineering. Apparently there were a number of cloudy and rainy days in Washington DC during the competition which gave the house a low score for Net Metering (amount of excess electricity created). The overall winner was Germany, which literally had solar panels covering the entire house.

Here's Team California's house, the Refract House. Isn't it a beauty?

Congratulations to Team California!

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