Solar Decathlon 2007 , sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is an international competition that brings together student teams from 20 universities across the United States, Europe, and Canada to compete in designing, building, and operating highly energy-efficient, completely solar-powered houses. Lawrence Tech's team is the only one chosen from Michigan.
The national importance accorded this project is perhaps best illustrated by the site where the homes will be assembled and showcased: the historic National Mall in Washington, D.C. There, the houses and the sponsors' educational exhibits will form a "solar village" that over several weeks will be toured by hundreds of thousands of visitors. Contest rules require that each house generate enough energy from the sun to operate a household, a home-based business, and related transportation needs.
The Solar Decathlon was created to encourage young people to pursue careers in science and engineering and to acquaint college students studying science, engineering, and architecture with solar power and energy efficiency, thereby helping the U.S. maintain its competitive edge in technology.
Lawrence Tech's Solar Decathalon Team gets special recognition from the mayor's office
Beyond gaining practical experience designing and building an attractive, energy-efficient home to win the Solar Decathlon, Lawrence Tech students will develop skills in teamwork, leadership, fundraising, communications, research, planning, and marketing — strengths that can't be obtained from books, but are necessary in the real world.