Winner of Solar Decathlon 2013 to Be Unveiled at Awards Ceremony

Oct 10, 2013, 15:00 ET from U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon


Saturday, October 12, 10:00 a.m. at the Orange County Great Park

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, October 12, the Energy Department will join collegiate students, local officials and event sponsors at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 final awards ceremony to announce this year's winner. While the 10 day-competition at the Orange County Great Park culminates on Saturday with this ceremony, the innovative student-built houses will remain open to the public free of charge from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. through the weekend. 


Video address by David Danielson, U.S. Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Winning teams and participating college and university students from around the world

Steve Churm, Vice President of Orange County Register & Freedom Communications


The Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate houses powered by the sun that are affordable, energy efficient, attractive, and easy to live in. Saturday's announcement will cap off the 10-day competition and honor the team that best blended affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.


Saturday, October 12, 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. PT


Hangar 244 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California – view directions and map

The highly efficient solar-powered houses will be open to the public for free tours October 10-13 from 11:00 a.m.7:00 p.m. for the event's final weekend.

Media interested in covering the Solar Decathlon may visit our online press room and download our online media kit. For full event information, shuttle options, current standings, high-resolution photos, videos, an event schedule and daily results, visit You may also follow the competition in real time on Facebook at and Twitter at @Solar_Decathlon. Photos are also available on Flickr at

Solar Decathlon 2013 teams competing at the Orange County Great Park:

  • Arizona State University and The University of New Mexico
  • Czech Republic (Czech Technical University)
  • Kentucky/Indiana (University of Louisville, Ball State University, and University of Kentucky)
  • Middlebury College
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Norwich University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology
  • Stanford University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Team Alberta (University of Calgary)
  • Team Austria (Vienna University of Technology)
  • Team Capitol DC (The Catholic University of America, George Washington University, and
  • American University)
  • Team Ontario (Queen's University, Carleton University, and Algonquin College)
  • Team Texas (The University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Community College)
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of Southern California
  • West Virginia University

For the first time, the Solar Decathlon is hosted alongside XPO, a clean, renewable and efficient energy exposition, featuring visionary and innovative companies, products, and educational opportunities, organized by the City of Irvine and Orange County Great Park. Through fun, interactive exhibits and activities, the XPO will provide visitors with information about the broad spectrum of energy efficiency in home design, transportation, consumer products, food production and education. Visitors will experience a 21st century festival of creativity, technology, design, and educational experiences that will inspire children and adults alike. Learn more at

More about the Solar Decathlon
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that shows consumers how to save money and energy with affordable clean energy products that are available today. The two-year projects culminate in an unprecedented display of affordable green living and design at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. The Solar Decathlon also provides participating students with hands-on experience and unique training that prepares them to enter our nation's clean energy workforce, supporting the Obama Administration's goal of transitioning to a clean energy economy, saving money for families and businesses.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon