It’s blue skies and sun showers in Washington, D.C. as the 2009 Solar Decathlon kicks off in a dazzling display of solar powered architecture. This bi-annual solar architecture event challenges 20 exceptional student teams from across North America to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient home powered by the sun, and this year’s competition is showcasing an incredible lineup of designs. The Inhabitat team was excited to get a sneak peek at all the solar houses this week before the event opened to the public, and we’ll be bringing you live coverage of the event and sharing all of the stunning solar homes on display, so check out our Solar Decathlon coverage and stay tuned as we unveil our favorite projects!

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