U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon invites teams to design and build energy-efficient solar-powered homes to compete in ten contests that judge their functionality, livability, and aesthetic appeal. The aim of the competition is to successfully design and build a home entirely powered by solar energy. Universities from around the world submit proposals with the hope of being accepted into the competition. If accepted, the competing teams must transport their houses from their hometowns to the site of the Solar Decathlon. The aforementioned competition was held in Denver, Colorado during the month of October.

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon will maintain several of the same contests from previous competitions, with some notable changes – the addition of a Water and an Innovation contest allows for a more fruitful event.

Each contest is worth 100 points, the 10 contests for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 were:

  • Architecture
  • Market Potential
  • Engineering
  • Communications
  • Innovation
  • Water
  • Health and Comfort
  • Appliances
  • Home Life
  • Energy

For more information on the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, please visit www.solardecathlon.gov/


Previous U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Results

The Missouri S&T Solar House Design Team has competed in seven U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlons to date, the latest of which has just finished in October of 2017.

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017: 4th Place

  • Appliances: 3rd Place
  • Architecture: 3rd Place
  • Innovation: 3rd Place
  • Communications: 4th Place

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015: 5th Place

  • Commuting: 1st Place
  • Home Life: 3rd Place
  • Appliances: 3rd Place
  • Comfort Zone: 4th Place

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013: 16th Place

  • Energy Balance: 1st Place
  • Affordability: 6th Place
  • Engineering: 7th Place

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2009: 11th Place

  • Hot Water: 7th Place
  • Lighting Design: 8th Place

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2007: 11th Place

  • Market Viability: 4th Place
  • Appliances: 5th Place

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2005: 7th Place

  • Energy Balance: 1st Place
  • Architecture: 5th Place
  • DIY Network “People’s Choice” Award

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2002: 9th Place

  • Refrigeration: 1st Place
  • Energy Balance: 2nd Place
  • Hot Water: 3rd Place
  • Home Depot “Best Customer Service” Award