Some of the requirements of the competition entail running daily operational functions of a home with a 175 KWH energy budget for competition week. This includes washing 6-12 towels daily, boiling and evaporating water with a stove, charging and driving an electric car 25 miles daily, and daily hot water draws from our domestic hot water tank. Contestants from all over the world come to compete in the Solar Decathlon competition. Each team must prefab, ship, and reconstruct their home to the Solar Decathlon site at The Great Park in Irvine.
Starting in 2002 and held biannually by the US Department of Energy, The Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges students to design, engineer, and build net zero energy homes. The winner of the competition is the team that exemplifies the best fusion of design excellence, affordability, and consumer appeal. Teams are scored on these aspects through 5 juried and 5 measured contests held throughout the two-week long competition. The competition will take place in Oct. 8–18, 2015, at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.