It's autumn, and the annual Solar Decathlon is underway (through October 2nd). After being highlighted on the National Mall for several years, this year, the contestants are instead located in West Potomac Park, near the buy cialis online pharmacy Roosevelt and viagra buy drug Jefferson Memorials in Washington DC, maybe less publicly front-and-center, but no less interesting and engaging than in previous years.
The Solar Decathlon teams compete with small, energy efficient model homes that address five key criteria:
Affordable, attractive, and easy to live in
Maintains comfortable and healthy indoor environmental conditions
Supplies energy to household appliances for cooking, cleaning, and entertainment
Provides adequate hot water
Produces as much or more energy than it consumes
This year's contestants include teams from 20 universities from across the US, as well as international teams from Belgium, Canada, China, and New Zealand.
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