Saturday, May 7, 2011
#1444 ... Unique First Light
Every two years since 2002 the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition has taken place in Washington DC, showcasing a working display of energy innovation in action. It is one of the most ambitious and inspiring events in the U.S.
It challenges 20 university teams, through a series of 10 contests, to demonstrate inventive clean-energy solutions by building solar-powered houses that feature cost-effective, energy-efficient construction and incorporate energy-saving appliances and renewable energy systems.
Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand’s capital city, has been selected as one of 20 university teams to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 – the only entry, ever, from the southern hemisphere. Here it is being put together in Frank Kitts Park, Wellington. Read about the First Light House and watch the time lapse of the construction.