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A Sunny Penthouse for NYC

September 30th, 2011 · No Comments

One of the nation’s most important (and sadly too little discussed) intercollegiate competitions is nearing its conclusion in Washington, DC: the biennial Solar Decathlon.  19 University teams from around the globe are competing in 10 (hint, ‘decathlon) arenas to determine the overall winner. Lost amid, perhaps, the fanfare is that every single one of the [...]

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Killing or Creating The Future: Solar’s three act drama on the Mall

September 28th, 2011 · No Comments

A drama is playing out at two ends of the National Mall … with a question mark between them.
One act is receiving massive news attention while the intermission and other act rests in obscurity for most Americans.
The center piece, almost like an intermission, is uncertain and perhaps cloudy about the finale.
One act [...]

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Tags: Energy · President Barack Obama · Solar Energy · political symbols · politics · solar · solar decathlon

Cost-Effective Renewable Power Homes

September 27th, 2011 · 2 Comments

One of the nation’s most important (and sadly too little discussed) intercollegiate competitions is on in Washington, DC: the biennial Solar Decathlon. Open to the public for a few more days (through 2 October), the Decathlon brings together 19 university teams from around the globe to compete across ten categories (thus, “decathlon”). (A review of [...]

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A Solyndra Showcase in Washington, DC

September 21st, 2011 · No Comments

While members of Congress are raising h-ll about the Solyndra bankruptcy along with many who are forgetting that they once touted Solyndra as the future, just a little distance away, Solandra technology is powering an absolutely gorgeous home available for public visit for the coming two weeks.
This house, the University of Tennessee’s Living Light, [...]

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Bright Rays of Sunshine Hit DC: A preview of The Solar Decathlon

September 19th, 2011 · 4 Comments

One of the nation’s most important (and sadly too little discussed) intercollegiate competitions is about to open in Washington, DC: the biennial Solar Decathlon.  For two weeks, 19 university teams from around the globe will compete across ten categories (thus, “decathlon”) that show the house works (can they get household chores and tasks done, like [...]

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Tags: Energy · Solar Energy · alternative energy · architecture · renewable energy · solar · solar cooking · solar decathlon · sustainability

A CHIP shot at a better future?

September 16th, 2011 · 2 Comments

One of the nation’s most important — and sadly too little discussed — intercollegiate competitions is about to open in Washington, DC: the the biennial Solar Decathlon.  For two weeks, twenty university teams from around the globe will compete across ten categories (thus, “decathlon”) that show the house works (can they get household chores and [...]

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Hot DC Solar Weeks

September 13th, 2011 · No Comments

As the sun bursts through weeks of massive rain, the Washington, DC, area is entering into several hot solar weeks.

The Washington Redskins and NRG Energy are holding a press conference 15 September to inaugurate Fedex Field’s solar panel installation.
Next week, the bi-annual Solar Decathlon opens at West Potomac Park (running from 23 September through 2 [...]

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Tags: Energy · Solar Energy · solar · solar decathlon · sports

Department of Interior Exiles Innovation

February 9th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Innovation. It’s the new buzzword. Haven’t you heard.  It’s the rage.  Ten times … The President used the word “innovation” ten times in the State of the Union speech.
The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation.  None of us can predict with certainty what the next big industry will be or where [...]

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A peek at solar decathletes … open to the public in DC through 25 July 2010 …

July 18th, 2010 · 5 Comments

The biannual Solar Decathlon, sponsored by the US Department of Energy and bringing together 20 university teams from the United States and other countries, is an amazing event that merits far more attention than the hundred or so thousand visitors and the spotty news (and blog) coverage of the event. Truth be told, the [...]

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German Solar Rides Power Surge to a Win

October 16th, 2009 · 3 Comments

With the last moments of competition, with the last event, the
German team of Decathletes surged forward to seize the lead, seize the victory of the fourth Solar Decathlon, topping second-place Illinois (The Gable House) by less than 11 points out of 1000 possible (908.27 to 897.3).
The margin of victory came from just one event, an [...]

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