We took a field trip yesterday to the 2013 Solar Decathlon which is a creation of the U.S. Department of Energy. 20 collegiate teams from across the US, Canada, and Europe design, build and operate their solar powered homes. It’s an outstanding event, free to the public that is open through Sunday, October 13th. If you want to see something related to government that actually works really well then the Solar Decathlon is that place. Bonus: it’s family and dog friendly too.
We were particularly impressed that each team took a local approach to their take on a solar home. Although we are local to SoCal and support SCIARC/CALTECH’s DALE house and USC’s FLUX home, the Austrians have “crowned” themselves the winner.
Our bet is the discerning American will go for West Virginia’s warm and welcoming home, PEAK.
If the current second place contender keeps it up, we might all be living the desert lifestyle via DESERT SOL