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

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, is more than a collegiate competition. Consumers and homeowners can to tap into these bright minds and learn the latest in energy-efficient design, clean energy technologies, smart home solutions, water conservation measures and money-saving opportunities. 

Solar Decathlon 2017, happened on Oct. 5-15, 2017 and featured free home tours; a sustainability expo; and professional, consumer and middle school educational events.

The event took place at the 61st & Peña commuter rail station near Denver International Airport on the A line.

This international competition has been a driving force in raising awareness about clean energy since its inception in 2002. Technologies and solutions used in Solar Decathlon homes have advanced the residential building industry both in the United States and abroad.

Take a look at the 2017 houses

collage of Solar Decathlon homes

The teams for Solar Decathlon 2017 hailed from all regions of the United States, including Denver’s own University of Denver, which teamed up with the University of California, Berkeley. The contest provides unique hands-on experience and training that prepares competing students to enter the clean energy workforce. 

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. 2017 marked the first time Solar Decathlon was ever held in Denver.

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