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Taking the Solar Decathlon by Storm

Sliding glass doors and high performance facade of NY State University at Buffalo& Solar Decathlon design.

Interior of Crowder College and Drury University at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of Crowder College and Drury University at the U. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

SUNY solar house with solarium/greenhouse...not teeny but smart

PV arrays for University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, at the U. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Exterior drawing of the front entry for the Team Alabama house for Solar Decathlon 2017.

Exterior drawing of the front entry for the Team Alabama house for Solar Decathlon

PV arrays for West Virginia University and University of Roma Tor Vergata at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California  (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

PV arrays for West Virginia University and University of Roma Tor Vergata at the U. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Gallery - From Dusk to New Dawn: How the Solar Decathlon Can Be Saved - 10

Gallery of From Dusk to New Dawn: How the Solar Decathlon Can Be Saved - 10

Image 1 of 1 from gallery of Team Germany wins Solar Decathlon © Jim Tetro, U. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

Team Hungary's ODOO Solar Decathlon House has vertical and rooftop solar panels

Hungary's ODOO Solar Decathlon House is Wrapped in Photovoltaic Panels

Team Hungary's ODOO Solar Decathlon House has vertical and rooftop solar panels

Planning for a home renewable energy system is a process that includes analyzing your existing electricity use, looking at local codes and requirements, deciding if you want to operate your system on or off of the electric grid, and understanding technology options you have for your site. | Photo courtesy of Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon:

PV arrays for Clemson University at the U. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

PV arrays for Missouri University of Science and Technology at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

PV arrays for Missouri University of Science and Technology at the U. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

INhouse, an entry at Solar Decathlon 2015, has a covering of redwood strips to shade the walls and keep the home cooler. It has one bedroom plus a flex space in 986 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, house at the U. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Exterior of West Virginia University and University of Roma Tor Vergata at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California  (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Exterior of West Virginia University and University of Roma Tor Vergata at the U. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Solar Decathlon 2013: Team Austria Wins Top Honors

Gallery of Solar Decathlon 2013: Team Austria Wins Top Honors - 23

Image 23 of 30 from gallery of Solar Decathlon Team Austria Wins Top Honors. Photograph by Bokeh Design presented by Solar Decathlon Team Austria

Northwestern University is designing a high-performing, sustainable house for baby boomers to compete in Solar Decathlon 2017.

Northwestern University is designing a high-performing, sustainable house for baby boomers to compete in Solar Decathlon

PV arrays for University of California, Davis, at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California  (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Picture of PV arrays for University of California, Davis solar house - butterfly-sloped roof drains water to a single valley, requiring fewer gutters and simplifying rainwater collection.