Solar Decathlon: EarthTechling Earth Videos

This week we’ve been talking about the 2011 Solar Decathlon, where teams of college students compete in the field of eco-friendly and energy-conscious technology by building clean, green and beautiful model homes, all powered by the sun. The event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, with the goals of finding innovative new ways to address the issues of energy conservation and environmental stewardship, and educating the participants and the public alike in how to make a difference on the planet.

Solar Decathlon

Image via US Department of Energy

Today we’ve got some videos for you to check out, including some of the project designs from years past and discussions with team members about their concepts and designs, and the materials they used to make their houses, as well as some of the contenders for this year’s Decathlon explaining their innovations.

Solar Decathlon 2009: Virginia Tech, USA

Solar Decathlon 2009: Team Alberta, Canada

NJIT Innovations – Jen Switala and NJIT’s Solar Decathlon Team

2011 Solar Decathlon – ASU Solar Homestead

University of Hawaii’s Solar Decathlon 2011 Computer-Animated Walkthrough

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.