U.S. Department of Energy Presents Solar Decathlon 2011 Live Webcast from the Solar Village

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Panel to Include Richard King and Select Students From Participating Teams. Limited Space Available, Registration Required.

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 is hosting the first-ever Solar Decathlon 2011 live webcast Thursday, Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. EDT. This is the first time online media from around the world will have advanced access to see the solar village and have an opportunity to hear from Richard King, Director of the Solar Decathlon, and select students of participating teams. Registration is required to participate.

WHO:     
Richard King, Director of the Solar Decathlon, U.S. Department of Energy
Allison Wilson, Team Leader, Solar Decathlon 2011 University of Maryland
David Lee, Communications Manager, Solar Decathlon 2011 Appalachian State University
Mike Hines, Project Architect, Solar Decathlon 2011 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

WHAT:     
A live interactive webcast for media prior to the public opening of Solar Decathlon 2011. Richard King and a panel of students will answer questions submitted by media about this year’s event, the houses, and the clean energy solutions on display to save energy and money. The panel can also speak to the unique training that the Solar Decathlon offers to prepare future leaders to enter our nation's clean energy workforce. Media can also gather ideas and insights to share with readers.

WHEN:     
Thursday, Sept. 22, 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT

HOW:    
Registered participants can follow and participate in the discussion and ask questions directly during the webcast.

RSVP:    
Pre-registration required. Space for this exclusive webcast is limited. Register for your spot HERE

Solar Decathlon 2011 teams competing on the National Mall’s West Potomac Park:

  • Appalachian State University
  • Canada (University of Calgary)
  • Florida International University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Maryland
  • Middlebury College
  • New Zealand (Victoria University of Wellington)
  • The Ohio State University
  • Parsons NS Stevens (Parsons The New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology, a team that also includes Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School)
  • Purdue University
  • The Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology    Team Belgium (Ghent University)
  • Team China (Tongji University)
  • Team Florida (The University of South Florida, Florida State University, the University of Central Florida, and the University of Florida)
  • Team Massachusetts (Massachusetts College of Art and Design and University of Massachusetts at Lowell)
  • Team New Jersey (Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey and New Jersey Institute of Technology)
  • Team New York (The City College of New York)
  • The University of Tennessee
  • Tidewater Virginia (Old Dominion University and Hampton University)

Team houses will open to the public free of charge September 23 – October 2, and the overall winner will be announced on October 1. For full event information, free shuttle details, current standings, high-resolution photos, videos, an event schedule and daily results, visit http://www.SolarDecathlon.gov. You may also follow the competition in real time on Facebook at Facebook.com/DOESolarDecathlon and Twitter at @Solar_Decathlon.

More about the Solar Decathlon
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate students from around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are affordable, highly energy efficient, attractive, and easy to live in. The competition shows consumers how to save money and energy with affordable clean energy products that are available today. The nearly two-year projects culminate in an unprecedented display of affordable green living and design on the National Mall’s West Potomac Park from September 23 – October 2, 2011. The Solar Decathlon also provides participating students with hands-on experience and unique training that prepares them to enter our nation’s clean energy workforce, supporting the Obama Administration’s goal of transitioning to a clean energy economy while saving families and businesses money.

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