For three weeks in October 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy will host the Solar Decathlon—a competition in which 20 teams of college and university students compete to design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house. The Solar Decathlon is also an event to which the public is invited to observe the powerful combination of solar energy, energy efficiency, and the best in home design.
The 2009 Solar Decathlon is the fourth competition, with past Decathlons occurring in the fall of 2007, 2005, and 2002. During each of the past Solar Decathlons, more than 100,000 visitors flocked to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to visit the "solar village."
Having held the Opening Ceremony earlier today, 8 October 2009, the 'solar village' will open to the public beginning tomorow ... Friday, 9 October 2009.
Open to the public from 9 - 13 October and from 15 - 18 October click here for tour hours and more details regarding the event.
Taken by Elvert Barnes click the above image to view more never before seen images from the 2007 Solar Decathlon.