The U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the 20 collegiate teams selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, according to a press release .
The 20 teams from colleges and universities across the United States and from around the world will take two years to build solar-powered, highly energy-efficient homes that combine affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence. The teams will design, construct, and test their homes before reassembling them at the Solar Decathlon 2013 competition site in Irvine, Calif. As part of the Solar Decathlon, teams compete in 10 different categories ranging from best architecture and engineering to energy production for heating and cooling.
The selected teams and their proposed projects represent a diverse range of design approaches, building technologies, target markets, geographic locations, climates, and regions, including urban, suburban, and rural settings.
To read the press release, click here .