Creating a More Sustainable Future

The Solar Decathlon is living proof that bright minds can change our world for the better. It provides hands-on experience and unique training that prepare the competitors to enter the clean energy workforce. This international competition has been a driving force in creating renewable energy and energy efficiency awareness since its inception in 2002. Technologies and solutions used in Solar Decathlon homes have advanced the residential building industry both in the United States and abroad. Former Solar Decathletes who have participated in these events, whether in the United States, China, Europe, or Latin America and Caribbean, have made significant contributions to improve the clean energy economy worldwide.

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon on the program website. To view the results of past events, visit the history section and online press room.

Digital rendering of the exterior of the surviveAL house.

Solar Decathlon 2017

The upcoming Solar Decathlon 2017 will be held in Denver, Colorado, at the 61st & Peña Station on the University of Colorado A line commuter train (connecting Denver International Airport to downtown Union Station).

The Solar Decathlon village and competition houses will be open to the public, free of charge, on nine days over two long weekends:

  • Thursday, Oct. 5-Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 9, 2017: 1 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 12-Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

During the remaining dates and times, the Solar Decathlon village is closed to the public for competition activities.

Solar Decathlon 2017 features several activities in addition to the competition, including:

  • Tours of the Solar Decathlon houses and village
  • Solar Decathlon education events, including workshops for consumers and professionals, and Education Days for K-12 schools
  • The Sustainability Expo at Solar Decathlon