Team Germany celebrates its overall first place win (Photo: Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)
The surPLUShome design from Team Germany, which took first place overall
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Gable Home came in second
Team California’s Refract House took third place
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Decathlon has wound up in Washington, D.C. with Team Germany taking the top honors, followed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in second place, and Team California taking out third. As we reported last week the competition to design, build, and operate the most attractive and efficient solar-powered home saw 20 university-led teams from around the world competing in ten contests, ranging from subjective elements such as architecture, market viability, communications, lighting design, and engineering, to technical measurements of how well the homes provided energy for space heating and cooling, hot water, home entertainment, appliances, and net metering.
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