I have been watching the results of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon since I got back from South Africa. I’m interested in this partly because my home has passive solar components to it, and because I am intrigued by the commercial viability of these homes. Visually all the entries look stunning, and currently the University of Illinois is leading the pack followed closely by California. The teams are scored on Architecture, Market Viability, Engineering, Lighting Design, Communications, Comfort, Appliance Use, Home Entertainment and overall Net Metering. The competition has taken place every other year since 2002. event is sponsored by the United States Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Competing colleges and universities build solar powered homes and operate them on the National Mall for 3 weeks every other year.
Personally I think these homes look amazing.