Penn Staters can visit University's Solar Decathlon entry on National Mall

October 02, 2007

University Park, Pa. -- On Friday, Oct. 12, the Penn State Solar Decathlon team will be conducting private tours of their solar home in Washington, D.C., for the 2007 Solar Decathlon.

Members of the MorningStar Pennsylvania team, totaling more than 900 faculty and students, will offer tours of the house from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the National Mall.

The 800-foot structure has been a collaborative effort between 20 University departments. The Penn State team developed their project through its research of new technologies and the eight-year partnership with the American Indian Housing Initiative in Montana.

The Solar Decathlon competition has been hosted by the Department of Energy biannually since 2002. MorningStar Pennsylvania will be judged in 10 different areas including architecture, engineering, appliances and energy balance. Each of the 20 teams competing begin with a two-year, $100,000 grant from the Department of Energy.

After the competition, the house will be located at Penn State's Center for Sustainability.

A bus is available for transportation to the event. The bus will leave the State College bus station on North Atherton Street at 7:30 a.m. and return in the evening. The cost is $10 per person. RSVP for bus transportation to by Oct. 5.

(Media Contacts)

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