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Apply for the Solar Decathlon 2021 Design Challenge

Ready to push your limits and feed your passion for designing highly efficient buildings? The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® 2021 Design Challenge provides an unparalleled platform to showcase your creativity and ingenuity. Teams must apply by 5:00 p.m. ET on October 20, 2020.

Interested collegiate institutions can find detailed information on how to apply for the 2021 Design Challenge in the Solar Decathlon 2021 Design Challenge Rules. Design Challenge teams that are selected as Finalist Teams will present their projects at an expert-juried event, April 16–18, 2021. The Solar Decathlon is an opportunity for students to stay engaged and connected in an increasingly virtual and remote learning environment.

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition that challenges student teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. The Design Challenge is a one-to-two-semester, design-only competition, while the Build Challenge is a multiyear design-build competition. The most successful teams will blend architectural and engineering excellence with innovation, market relevance, building efficiency, and smart energy production.

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon continues to “push the envelope” on the design of high-performance, efficient, affordable, innovative buildings while promoting student innovation, STEM education, and workforce development opportunities.

Additional details are on the Solar Decathlon website. The Department of Energy is excited to work with the next generation of building science professionals!

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