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Here Comes the Sun: Solar Houses on the Mall

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‘Spain’s sun-worshipping house’
courtesy of ‘snapzdc’

The National Mall sure looks different these days, ever since they put in that new subdivision. What, you haven’t seen them? All those little houses run completely by the sun? Yes, it’s time for another Solar Decathlon!

In this event sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy every other year, 20 teams of university students from as close as Virginia Tech and as far away as Germany will compete in 10 contests to create the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house. While of course the teams use emerging technologies, the focus is on practicality. The home that wins will not be just the most energy efficient; it also must look great and be tricked out with modern conveniences.

In other words, these homes are concrete examples (or wood or metal or aerogel examples) that going green doesn’t have to mean going without.

And that means the houses all look really cool. What kind of fun gadgets might you see?
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Here Comes the Sun

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‘Solar eclipse 22 July 2009′
courtesy of ‘hughrocks’

On a rainy day, what better to think about than the sun?

So today’s topic is solar power. What will it take to make it a reality? Addressing the costs is a start.

On Thursday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Swiss embassy, you can hear Swiss and American solar power experts speak on Making Solar Energy Competitive, and share how new technologies and manufacturing methods can trigger rapid growth of solar.

After the talk, you’ll be invited to a reception at the Ambassador’s residence, a “green” building that has won awards for its environmental design. Bring on the sun!