Jill Fehrenbacher

Team Germany Wins the 2009 Solar Decathlon!

by , 10/16/09

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GERMANY WINS THE 2009 SOLAR DECATHLON!

Drumroll please… after an exciting week of competition and judging, the winner of the Solar Decathlon 2009 has just been announced, and it’s a stunner! In a huge upset (as Team Illinois was leading on the scoreboard until just a few moments ago) the Germans took the grand prize in the heated competition, and beat out the 19 other (mostly American) design teams with their Darmstadt house! This is sure to get national pride ruffled a bit, as Team Germany won the Solar Decathlon back in 2007 as well, kicking the butts of the mostly American teams then, as well. As the sole team representing Germany, competing with 13 American teams from various states and universities, some would argue that Germany might be triumphing in part due to their concentrated resources: the Darmstadt team spent $650,000-$850,000 on their gorgeous solar home, while many of the American teams had much smaller budgets for their houses. (For example, the Rice University Team spent $140,000 on their solar house)

A scoring of a full 150 points out of 150 in the Net Metering category tipped the scales in Germany’s favor early this morning and allowed the Darmstadt University team to once again overcome being one of the only foreign teams in the competition and reign supreme — check out our full story about the surPLUShome here!

+ Solar Decathlon 2009 Coverage
+ Team Germany Solar Decathlon House

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4 Comments

  1. AngerOfTheNorth October 17, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Why is this a surprise? Germany and a number of other European countries have been building sustainable housing for decades now. The US has barely started and is a long way behind in terms of experience. I’m sure the US will catch up one day, but not as long as the majority of the population are so anti-sustainability and it could take a good decade to slowly change that from the current position.

  2. Kirsten Corsaro October 16, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    The house is beautiful. Very cool that it can produce twice the amount of electricity that it needs! It’s interesting to imagine a future where all houses are this productive– would we even need that much electricity?

  3. alexjameslowe October 16, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Cool! What a neat-looking building. There’s something to be said for really cool examples of this technology, even if this particular example won’t be coming to a neighborhood near you anytime soon. Sounds like an exciting competition!

  4. coutureglassdotcom October 16, 2009 at 10:43 am

    This certainly is a stunner~! Bravo on a magnificent, thoughtful home!

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