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International Solar Decathlon Comes to California in October

September 30, 2013
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, an international competition of solar-powered houses designed by collegiate teams, is about to move from the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to Southern California.
 
Taking place over two long weekends in October (Oct. 3-6 and Oct. 10-13) at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, the Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO represents a powerful opportunity for California and western government officials and staff. XPO, a clean, renewable energy efficiency exposition, is new this year to the event.
 
Approximately 800 students from 20 collegiate teams will compete to design, build and operate the most energy efficient, affordable and attractive solar house. The college students competing in the Solar Decathlon — aspiring engineers, architects, clean energy entrepreneurs, urban planners and homebuilders — also provide incredible inspiration for youth to pursue similar paths. Teams include colleges from as far away as the Czech Republic. Four California teams—Stanford, USC, Santa Clara University — and the combined team from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the California Institute of Technology will also participate.
 
Municipal Day on Friday, Oct. 4 promises to be of interest to government leaders and staff throughout California and the West. The day was created to highlight the possibilities that local, county and state government might embrace as energy-efficiency and a continued focus on sustainability remain policy initiatives. Municipal Day will provide a unique mix of high-level networking opportunities with federal, state, and local government officials in a setting focused on energy efficiency. The one day event will also feature a series of workshops and panels on energy-efficient topics applicable to government and municipal employees at all levels.
 
“This is a rare opportunity to be part of an international event that can provide everybody with the exposure to solar technology and other alternative energy options and ideas,” said Irvine Mayor Steve S. Choi, Ph.D., who will welcome the teams at the Solar Decathlon opening.


 
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