Gallery: Team Hawai’i Withdraws From Solar Decathlon Competition Despit...

In what can be only be considered a major disappointment, the University of Hawai'i has announced their withdrawal from the upcoming Solar Decathlon competition. Due to timing and financial challenges the team decided to withdraw from the 2011 competition, but wholeheartedly plans to try again in 2013. Despite dropping out, the team has made significant headway into the fields of sustainable architecture, engineering and design as they worked on their plans for their striking home - Hale Pilihonua. With an armored shell of solar panels, aerogel high performance insulation, shading louvers, and interactive LED lighting, Team Hawai'i's solar home surely would have made for a daring competitor.

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  1. Richard King June 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    This is Richard King, director of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. We too are very disappointed that Team Hawaii had to withdraw. They were a favorite to us all, and as you accurately reported on, had an amazing design.

    We changed the rules this year to reel in the cost of the SD houses. To receive full points in a new Affordability contest (one of the ten)the house must cost $250,000 or less. Your comment that many houses cost close to a million dollars was true for a few of the past houses, but this year all the teams are building competition houses for much less. We hope this year’s contest will showcase more cost-effective houses yet retain the same exciting innovation.

    Be sure to follow the event at

    Richard King

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