College Students Go Head-to-Head as Innovative, Energy-Efficient Home Designs Compete in This Year’s Solar Decathlon

Edison International is a sponsor of this year’s decathlon, the first time the event is being held outside of Washington, D.C.

October 02, 2013 | By Susan Cox

College students from around the world are preparing to unveil their innovative solar-powered, energy-efficient homes at this year’s U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon and XPO, the first time this renowned event is being held outside of Washington, D.C.

With 20 teams competing for the coveted prize — including four teams from California — this free event will showcase new technologies and innovations related to clean and renewable energy generation and efficiency use.

Edison International is a sponsor of this year’s Solar Decathlon and XPO, which will be held at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine from Oct. 3-6 and Oct. 10-13.

Highlighting the event is the collegiate team challenge showcasing the innovation, creativity and imagination of students competing in designing, constructing and operating solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy efficient and attractive. 

Competing in this year’s decathlon is the Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology team, which Edison International sponsored. Another local competitor is USC. Over the years, Edison International has supported both schools as part of its philanthropic commitment to education and advanced programs in science, technology, education and math (STEM).

Also on display for tours will be the ABC Green Home, the certified, net-zero energy home created by Southern California Edison and Green Homebuilder magazine. The three-bedroom, two-bath craftsman-style home is eco-friendly, sustainable, and gives visitors a look at homebuilding in the future today.

For a sneak peek at the ABC Green Home, visit  

Visitors at this year’s Solar Decathlon and XPO will have an opportunity to tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes and learn how energy-saving features can help save money. For more information:

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