Location of U.S. Department of Energy's 2011 Solar Decathlon at the National Mall's West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, DC – Collegiate teams featuring over 4,000 students from around the world are putting the finishing touches on their solar-powered houses built on the National Mall’s West Potomac Park for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. Before the event opens to the public, members of the media are invited to take a sneak peek at these highly energy efficient houses during media preview day and to attend the opening ceremony.
|WHAT:||Media Preview Day: Advance access to students, DOE spokespeople and houses
Opening Ceremony: VIPs, event organizers and students in ceremony and ribbon cutting
Media Preview Day: Wednesday, September 21
Opening Ceremony: Thursday, September 22 9:15 - 2:00 p.m. All-team photo of students in solar village 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Opening ceremony with students, U.S. government officials, foreign dignitaries and VIPs 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Interview availability and house access
National Mall’s West Potomac Park, Washington, D.C.
|RSVP:||Media wishing to attend should RSVP by visiting www.SolarDecathlon.gov/press_room.html or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-905-3339.
*Advance coordination is required to visit during the Assembly/Construction phase.
Solar Decathlon 2011 teams competing on the National Mall’s West Potomac Park
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 www.SolarDecathlon.gov. You may also follow the competition 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.
News Media Contact: 202-586-4940
For On-Site Inquiries and Logistics: Ben Goldstein, 202-905-3339