Solar Decathlon Knocked Off The National Mall, Looking for New Home


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One of the country's coolest energy competitions might need to find a new home. Since 2002, the Solar Decathlon, which "challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive," has called the National Mall home five times, but the National Park Service and Department of Energy have said that this year it will have to be held somewhere else. The Park Service, which operates the 684-acre National Mall, said this week that the Mall has taken too much wear-and-tear over the years from big events. It's looking for another place to host the DOE's Solar Decathlon, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and St. Louis.

The Park Service said to look for an answer to the site in the next few weeks. A member of the National Association of Home Builders is asking the White House to overrule it.

What's a real bummer is that many of the collegiate teams have likely already started their designs with DC's climate in mind. The competition is held in September, giving them some time to tinker with designs, but not much.

Last year, Virginia Tech took home the prize. An in depth look at the winning house can be found here.
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