Gallery: National Park Service Kicks Solar Decathlon Off of the DC Mall


After an 8 year relationship between the D.C. Mall and the Solar Decathlon competition, (a competition that challenges university teams to design and build awesome solar-powered homes) the National Park Service last week, said “No More.” Citing concerns for the health and well being of the 684-acre park in the nation’s capital, the National Park Service is banning the beloved competition from the capital. Organizers are scrambling to find a new venue for the September event, while competing teams are in limbo to hear where the event will be held. As all of the teams have designed their homes specifically for the D.C. climate, the change in venue will have a huge impact on the design specs.

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