About the Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002; the competition has since occurred biennially in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

The 2013 Solar Decathlon will take place on October 3-13 at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, as a part of the XPO – A World’s Fair of Clean, Renewable and Efficient Energy. The XPO will bring together innovators and visionaries with the public to inspire great thinking, and more importantly, real action in support of a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future.


The Solar Decathlon:

  • Educates student participants and the public about the many cost-saving opportunities presented by clean-energy products.
  • Demonstrates to the public the opportunities presented by cost-effective houses that combine energy-efficient construction and appliances with renewable energy systems that are available today.
  • Provides participating students with unique training that prepares them to enter our nation’s clean-energy workforce.

Initial Selection process

  • In order to enter the competition, the Stevens team submitted a detailed Request for Proposal (RFP).
  • Proposals were evaluated to determine which teams had the most promising approach to and potential for building an affordable, efficient, and appealing solar home.
  • The Stevens RFT was judged on the following criteria:
    • Technical innovation and design
    • Fundraising and Team support
    • Organization and Project Planning
    • Conceptual design
    • Curriculum and integration

Stevens was 1 of only 20 teams chosen to compete at the 2013 Solar Decathlon competition. This provides clear evidence of our motivation and willingness to take risks and achieve success in solar technology and innovation.

To find out more about the 2013 Solar Decathlon competition and teams, please visit their website.