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Winner of Solar Decathlon to be Announced

Friday, October 4, 2002

Washington, D.C.- The winner of the U.S. Department of Energy's first Solar Decathlon will be announced noon, Saturday, October 6 in the Solar Village on the National Mall.

The Solar Decathlon is a team competition among 14 colleges and universities from across the country and Puerto Rico to design and build the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered homes. The winning team must blend aesthetics and modern conveniences with maximum energy production and efficiency. The Solar Decathlon is co-sponsored by BP Solar, The Home Depot, EDS, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Who: Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Garman Student Teams and Faculty Advisors

What: Announcement of competition winner

When: Saturday, October 6 Noon

Where: The National Mall Between 4th and 7th Streets N.W.Adjacent to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art

Note: All houses competing in the Solar Decathlon will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7.

For more on the Solar Decathlon, see http://www.solardecathlon.org

For more information, please contact NREL Public Affairs at (303) 275-4090 or email public.affairs@nrel.gov

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