Solar Decathlon kick-off meeting: watch video on You Tube

WSU Solar Decathlon team getting underway

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University students from all disciplines are invited to participate in a kick-off meeting for the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 Solar Decathlon competition to design and build a net-zero, solar house.

The meeting will be Wednesday, April 20 at 5 p.m. in ETRL 101 on the Pullman campus. Students can also attend the meeting remotely in CIC 125T on the WSU Tri-Cities campus.

WSU is one of 16 universities from across the world and the only one from the Pacific Northwest that is participating in the competition, which aims to increase public awareness of solar energy and to inspire innovative solutions in ecological design. For the first time, the contest includes $2 million in prize money.

The students will design and build the home over the next 18 months and then transport it to Denver in fall of 2017. There they will share the project with the public and compete with other universities in ten contests, which include architecture, engineering, innovation, communication, health and comfort, market potential, appliances, energy balance, water, and home life.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to apply the skills and knowledge they are learning toward a real project,’’ said Darrin Griechen, clinical associate professor in the School of Design and Construction, is leading the effort for WSU.

Contact :

Darrin Griechen, clinical associate professor, School of Design and Construction, (509) 335-8196,

Tina Hilding, communications coordinator, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, (509) 335-5095,

Solar Decathlon Recruitment

Watch a video of the meeting:

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Join the team:

Sign up for Summer Courses:

ARCH 401: Solar Decathlon Design

ARCH 490/520: Solar Decathlon Systems Design

ARCH 580: Solar Decathlon Details

Sign up for Fall Courses:

ARCH 403: Solar Decathlon Construction Documents

ARCH 580: Solar Decathlon Details