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Two Oregon Universities Selected for Prestigious 2015 Solar Decathlon

Two Oregon Universities Selected for Prestigious 2015 Solar Decathlon

Photo by Jason Flakes, U.S. Department of Energy, Solar Decathlon

The U.S. Department of Energy announced its selective group of 20 collegiate teams for the Solar Decathlon 2015 competition. These teams were chosen from universities and colleges across the county and the globe, and will be offered the opportunity to begin a two-year process of building their own unique solar-powered house. During this biannual competition, students will have to produce a solar house that is innovative, affordable and highly energy efficient.

This year two Oregon universities have been selected for the competition. Team Oregon, a team composed of both Oregon Institute of Technology and Portland State University students, will be among the collection of 12 new schools chosen to participate in 2015. This selection also marks the first time in the competition’s history that a school from Oregon has been chosen. 

For the competition, the teams will compete in 10 different contests including engineering, home appliance performance, and architecture. At the end of the building period, teams will dissemble their projects and re-assemble them in Irvine, California, the Solar Decathlon 2015 competition site. This will be a change from the competitions earlier site at the National Mall in Washington, D.C where the competition has been held since 2002.

Once in Irvine, the teams will have a chance to showcase their solar-powered homes as well as provide free tours informing visitors and the judges of the house’s energy efficiency attributes, renewable energy systems, and its appliances. If evidenced by past decathlon designs, the solar –powered houses are likely to exhibit various view points of design, and will be built for specific environments, such as rural, urban, geographic location, and climate.

We in the Oregon solar community are excited for our home team! This competition provides students not only the invaluable opportunity to showcase their own strengths, but to also work on teams, and build hands-on experience and expertise that can be carried much further than the confines of the competition. And, the Solar Decathlon is a great way to increase demand and visibility for solar!

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at

The following list provided by contains the full list of schools selected for the Solar Decathlon:

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • Clemson University
  • Crowder College and Drury University
  • Lansing Community College and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • New York City College of Technology
  • Oregon Institute of Technology and Portland State University
  • Stanford University
  • State University of New York at Alfred College of Technology and Alfred University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • University of Florida, National University of Singapore, and Santa Fe College
  • The University of Texas at Austin and Technische Universitaet Muenchen
  • University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine; Saddleback College; Chapman University; and Irvine Valley College
  • Vanderbilt University and Middle Tennessee State University
  • West Virginia University and University of Roma Tor Vergata
  • Western New England University, Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, and Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana
  • Yale University
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