Purdue Places Second in Solar Decathlon

Thu, 2011-10-20 09:52

The U.S. Department of Energy recently hosted a solar decathlon competition, challenging 20 college teams to design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house. Alex Jarvis, one of Everblue’s Solar PV training instructors and owner of Solar Systems of Indiana, worked with students at Purdue University to model and submit an entry for the contest. 

Team Purdue’s design came in second place, with a perfect score in Energy Balance. Their entry, called INhome, was described by one observer as “a refreshingly pragmatic and affordable energy marvel.”

Solar Systems of Indiana assisted the Purdue team with the design, integration, and installation of a 8.68 kW PV array. The 36-module array included 24 high efficiency modules on the south roof and a 12-module tilt-up array on the northern side of the structure.

The Solar Decathlon welcomes collegiate teams from all over the world. This year, some of the international universities included China’s Tongji University, New Zealand’s Victoria University of Wellington, and Belgium’s Ghent University. American competitors included Ohio State University, Middlebury College, CCNY, and this year’s winner - the University of Maryland.

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon took place at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park. The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002. The competition has since occurred biennially in 2005, 2007, and 2009. The next event is scheduled to take place from Sept. 23 to Oct. 2, 2011. Open to the public and free of charge, the Solar Decathlon allows visitors to tour ultra-efficient houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help reduce power bills.

Everblue was excited to support Solar Systems of Indiana and Purdue University. We always encourage our instructors to continue growing, and it makes us very proud to see the contributions they are making to society in and out of the Everblue classroom. Alex’s participation in the Solar Decathlon will undoubtedly add to his professional development and bring additional industry experience to his classroom interactions. Congratulations, Team Purdue, on your second place finish!

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