The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2009 takes place in October on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
- Oct. 8-16—Teams compete in 10 contests
- Oct. 9-13 and 15-18—Houses are open to the public
- Oct. 19-21—Teams disassemble their houses
The Solar Decathlon houses are open for public tours 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Monday–Friday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The houses are not open on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
The Solar Decathlon is a competition in which teams of college and university students compete to design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar powered house. The 2009 Solar Decathlon is the fourth competition; the inaugural event was held in 2002, the second in 2005, and the third in 2007.
The Solar Decathlon is an educational project of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). It is organized by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and supported by event and team sponsors from the private sector.