Monday, October 07, 2013

Solar Decathlon starts despite US Government shutdown

Monday, October 07, 2013
When disappointed some local may be the Solar Decathlon fans it is out that should have been a good year for the event in Washington, D.C.

During budget dispute clouds over the Federal Government and the Capitol loom, throws the bi-annual Department of energy event an own sunshine in Irvine, California.

Decathlon, started in 2002 by Dr. Richard King of the U.S. solar program has University of team designs for solar-powered houses, so spotlight on America's best and brightest minds millions of visitors from around the globe in the last 11 years taken. Competition, DOE site according to should first "Students and the public that money saving opportunities and benefits for the environment through clean energy presents educate about products and design solutions." On the other hand, tries the event, "showing the convenience and affordability of houses, which combine energy-efficient construction and appliances with renewable energy systems now available the public."

Competition. Innovation. Affordability. Our students show us the spirit of team work can do, how we're fighting here in Washington. In this case, the students are better teaching the lesson.

The Solar Decathlon slogan this year - a path to a better future - pointing a much better prospects. In the solar industry, we find that Americans are finding that solar actually is the bright way.

Residential energy costs are an everyday concern. In the United States 115 million homes consume the energy value $266 billion annually. In its new report on solar heating and cool was the solar energy industries Association, that 72 percent of home energy use related room with hot water, space heating and cooling.

The technologies on display in Irvine for the next couple of weeks face front on this issue. Despite the Government shutdown is the Decathlon happy as planned with the opening of the kickoff Thursday events continue. Visitors of the event can students designed and built by features such as an outer walkway shaded by solar cells, solar chimney with a retractable skylight for natural ventilation and light and houses with enough energy left to your car fuel tour.

Houses of the future? How about houses of today. Already solar provides that concrete income investment for homeowners and businesses alike, while educational programs such as the Solar Decathlon treat visitors the world drawing boards today real options and honor of some of the world's best innovators.

Students urged for their best through a global public competition to sunny skies for us all to create: that is a forecast which could win even some cross-party support.

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