Hampton University and Old Dominion University’s solar decathlon team, “Team Tidewater Virginia,” has been selected for the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon.
The team is among 20 selected to compete in the international competition, which tasks competitors with building solar-powered, energy-efficient homes that are affordable and have curb appeal.
The schools, which partnered in the 2011 Solar Decathlon to build a house it dubbed “Unit 6, Unplugged,” will now begin a two-year process to design, construct and test their solar homes before reassembling them at the competition site in Irvine, California next year.
“The team is excited to reinvest its creativity and talent in the Solar Decathlon again,” said David Peronnet in a statement. He is an HU assistant architecture professor and advisor to the team. “The students … are prepared to finish strong in 2013.”
In October 2011, the HU-ODU team placed 14th in the 19-team competition.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun