Penn State Uses Ed Begley Jr. to Win Solar Decathlon


Image via: Penn State Solar Natural Fusion Home

In case you didn't know, the Solar Decathlon that descends upon Washington, DC each fall is a big deal. Students take off entire semesters (and even entire years) just to work full time on constructing the perfect green home. This year, Penn State is pulling out all of the stops and has hired an eco-heavyweight to ensure victory. The Natural Fusion Home, designed by the Penn State University students, was created around the idea of "getting people to realize that sustainability isn't contingent upon sacrifice; we want people to walk through our home and ask how they can buy the NF home," says Thomas Rauch, team member.

Before these brainiacs head to the nation's capital, they're hosting a little going away party and the honored guest of the night (besides their solar home) is Ed Begley Jr. In order to do this, and to give the public a first hand look at this modern, futuristic home, on September 25, the team is hosting a Local Day of Tours and Bon Voyage where the general public can come and take a look at the home. Ed Begley Jr and other special guests will be on hand to lend their support for the Natural Fusion Home and all things solar. The Event will take place at the Dean's Hall, located at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. Doors Open at 7:30pm.

The Solar Decathlon is an event each October in Washington, DC where university students from around the country build sustainable homes on the National Mall and then compete in 10 different competitions. This year the contest will be held October 8-16. Houses are then open to the public to tour from October 9-13 and 15-18. :Penn State Solar
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