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September 19, 2013
VIDEO: Watch the Solar Decathlon 2013 Google+ Hangout

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

September 17, 2013
Solar Decathlon 2013: Going the Distance

As part of our behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to compete in the Solar Decathlon, we are examining how teams transport their houses to the competition site.

September 16, 2013
It took six months and nearly 60 students to build Stanford’s Start.Home, a house that aims to lower the entry barrier for an ultra-efficient house and make sustainability trendy. | Photo courtesy of Stanford.
Solar Decathlon 2013: Building Skills for Future Careers

Part four in our behind-the-scenes look at competing in the Solar Decathlon, we are looking at how the teams bring their designs to life.

September 13, 2013
Our latest infographic -- Solar Decathlon 2013: The Path to a Brighter Future -- takes a look at the teams competing in this year’s competition and highlights innovative design features in each of the teams’ houses. Not featured in the "Meet the Teams" section, Team Texas will also compete at Solar Decathlon 2013 with their ADAPT house. | Infographic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Solar Decathlon 2013 Infographic: The Path to a Brighter Future

Our latest infographic takes a look at the teams competing in this year’s competition and highlights innovative design features in each of the teams’ houses.

September 11, 2013
Mark your calendars for a Google+ Hangout on Solar Decathlon 2013: The Path to a Brighter Future on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 2 pm ET. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Hangout with Solar Decathlon 2013 Teams on Sept. 18 at 2 pm ET

Have questions about Solar Decathlon? Now is your chance to ask some of this year's teams during a live Q&A.

September 10, 2013
Key to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's fundraising success was involving the local community. To celebrate the groundbreaking of their Solar Decathlon house, the team invited all of their sponsors to the event. | Photo courtesy of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Solar Decathlon 2013: Raising More Than Just Walls

Part two in our behind-the-scenes look at competing in the Solar Decathlon, we explore how students master the art of fundraising.

September 10, 2013
Students from the University of Maryland won the Max Tech and Beyond Design Competition for their heat pump clothes dryer prototype, which achieved a 59 percent energy savings compared to standard U.S. electric dryers. | Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland.
Maryland Heats Up Student Appliance Design Competition

For the second year in a row, the University of Maryland won the Energy Department's Max Tech and Beyond Design Competition. Learn what set the team's design apart.

September 9, 2013
Solar Decathlon 2013: Meet the Teams

We're going behind the scenes to show you what it takes to compete in the Solar Decathlon. First up, meet the teams and learn about their unique take on building solar-powered houses.