Soak up some solar-powered inspiration at this free event where you can tour innovative houses designed and built by collegiate teams from across the U.S. and Europe.

Happening Oct. 5-15, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition involving 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, energy-efficient, solar-powered, innovative houses. The winner most successfully blends design excellence, smart energy strategies, innovation and market potential.

The event will take place at the 61st & Peña commuter rail station near Denver International Airport on the A line. Student teams will provide free public tours of their houses on these dates and times:

  • Thursday, Oct. 5 – Sunday, Oct. 8: 11a.m. – 7p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 9: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 12 – Sunday, Oct. 15: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Solar Decathlon 2017 will also feature a sustainability expo; professional, consumer and middle school educational events; and a community festival.

The teams for Solar Decathlon 2017 hail from all regions of the United States, including Denver’s own University of Denver, which is teaming up with the University of California, Berkeley.

Solar Decathlon provides unique hands-on experience and training that prepares competing students to enter the clean energy workforce. The competition creates awareness about more efficient technologies for homes and buildings for the visiting public. And, technologies and solutions used in Solar Decathlon houses have advanced the residential building industry both in the United States and abroad.

Solar Decathalon 2017 Contests:

  • Architecture
  • Market Potential
  • Engineering
  • Communications
  • Innovation
  • Water
  • Health and Comfort
  • Appliances
  • Home Life
  • Energy

Since the first Solar Decathlon was held in Washington, D.C., in 2002, the competition has expanded to Africa, China, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East to involve more than 200 teams and 35,000 collegiate participants worldwide. This year marks the first time Solar Decathlon will be in Denver.

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