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Solar Decathlon

What is the Solar Decathlon?

The Solar Decathlon is a competition hosted by the Department of Energy in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The competition challenges 20 colleges and universities to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. These teams selected build and complete their home on the competition site, they compete in a series of 10 competitions, both measured and unmeasured, utilizing both the objective opinion, looking at home life aspects and the usability of the space, and the subjective numbers, such as the energy balance of the home, to test all aspects of the homes in their main purpose of being a home. The competition took place this October in Irvine, California. 

Clemson's submission to the competition, named Indigo Pine, is a techno-local home focused not only on the technologies of energy-efficient homes but designed with the local Southern family in mind. Lead by the School of Architecture, our diverse team of over 100 students, faculty and supporters has become known as the Indigo Pine family. We have worked hard to bring together a diverse team of students and faculty from Architecture, Engineering and Social Sciences to collaborate on the design, construction and promotion of a cost-effective solar house that is comfortable in South Carolina’s climate. 

The Clemson University Solar Decathlon team finished:

  • 6th place overall, among a global field
  • 2nd place in Architecture
  • 2nd place in Communications
  • 3rd place in Market Appeal