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VIDEO: Watch the Solar Decathlon 2013 Google+ Hangout

September 19, 2013 - 2:26pm


Miss the Solar Decathlon 2013 Google+ Hangout? Watch a recording of it above.

For two years, collegiate teams from around the world have been designing and building energy-efficient solar-powered houses for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. With the competition just two weeks away, many teams are busy putting the final touches on their houses and preparing to transport them to the competition site in Irvine, California.

Yesterday, team members from Arizona State University and the University of New Mexico, Santa Clara University, Team Alberta, Team Capitol DC and University of Nevada Las Vegas took time away from their busy schedule to answer your questions live during a Google+ Hangout. From favorite moments in the competition (can anyone say “double rainbow”?) to their energy-saving tips (it’s all about monitoring your energy use), the teams gave an inside look at what it takes to compete in the Solar Decathlon. If you missed the Hangout, you can watch an archive of the conversation above.

To see if you have what it takes to be a solar decathlete, check out for our Solar Decathlon 2013 blog series.