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Solar Power

DOE holds solar competition to promote R&D, bring alternatives to mainstream

In an effort to promote research and development in the area of solar technology and raise awareness about renewables among the general public, the Department of Energy created the Solar Decathlon—a competition that challenges teams to build homes that are completely powered by the sun’s energy. This year, the competition features 20 college teams from around the world. In this Special Report, E&ETV speaks to the competitors, takes a look at some of the goals of the competition, and tells one team’s underdog story.