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U of M: Lighting the Way at the DOE Decathlon

20 October 2009

Last week, on October 15, the University of Minnesota won first place in the lighting design at the Dept. of Energy Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C.  The Solar Decathlon is composed of ten contests to “design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house.”  They have been competing against twenty other university teams from the United States, Germany, Spain and Canada for the past two weeks.

The University of Minnesota won over the lighting designers and industry experts that made up the panel of jurors with its solar home’s aesthetically pleasing lighting design, which creatively used natural and artificial light to meet the needs of the user while maintaining high efficiency.

Overall, we placed fifth in the competition at large.  You can look at more pictures, team standings, and even take a virtual tour on the Solar Decathlon website.  We are leading the way in home design that is efficient and comfortable to live in. Go Minnesota!

:: DOE

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