If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you're aware of my fascination with solar power. Although my personal involvement with solar is currently limited to my Solio gadget charger, I always like to highlight and follow innovation taking place in this emerging field.
In this blog post, I'd like to highlight the 2009 Solar Decathlon competition to be held in October in Washington D.C. Universities from across the country and around the world compete in five subjective (architecture, market viability, engineering, lighting design, communications) and five objective (comfort zone, hot water, appliances, home entertainment, net metering) categories.
The competition is organized by the U.S. Department of Energy, and this year's sustaining sponsors are Applied Materials, BP, Pepco, and Schneider Electric.
I'd like to extend my appreciation and support to all these visionary students for changing the way we think about how and where we live. Check out the teams' websites below.
Behind the Orange Curtain, Left Coast, United States
I grew up in the liberal hotbed of the San Francisco Bay Area and currently reside in the Left Coast conservative enclave of Orange County.
I hold a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's in communications, both from universities in the South. I enjoy Korean BBQ as well as Southern BBQ. I'm more conservative than Republican, more libertarian than liberal.