SolarWorld Sponsors Solar Decathlon Teams Representing Southwest and West
Solar panels from SolarWorld will power model houses designed to suit urban
desert and Appalachian region
HILLSBORO, Ore. -- May 07, 2013
SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years, will
sponsor a joint team from Arizona State University and University of New
Mexico as well as a team from West Virginia University in this year’s U.S.
Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon solar-home-design competition. For the
first time, the event from Oct. 3 through 14 is scheduled at a venue outside
of Washington, D.C. This year’s contest will take place at Orange County Great
Park, located in the same region where SolarWorld’s site in Camarillo, Calif.,
has served as a crucible for solar-industry innovation since the late 1970s.
In the event staged every other autumn, students typically studying
engineering and architecture from 20 university teams compete to present a
functioning home that showcases solar power, often in designs befitting the
climate, lifestyles and traditions of their universities’ locales. They
compete according to an array of dimensions, including cost affordability,
design appeal and energy efficiency.
The ASU-UNM home design, SHADE (short for “solar homes adapting for desert
equilibrium”), is intended for starter homes to infill vacant lots in desert
cities such as the universities’ hometowns of Phoenix and Albuquerque. SHADE
emphasizes interchangeability among indoor and outdoor spaces, modular
additions to adjustability to evolving space needs, flexible uses of dominant
living spaces, and structural maximization of shade and ventilation.
The team from West Virginia University, based in Morgantown, titled its
project PEAK, short for “preserving energy with Appalachian knowledge.” The
concept features “smart” digital technologies and passive and active energy
elements, combined with architectural features reminiscent of log-cabin
construction in Appalachia. “Through its rustic, wholesome design, the team
hopes to inspire individuals to get back to the roots of American pioneers,”
the team’s website says. For architectural expertise, the team has partnered
with students at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
SolarWorld has built a leading residential solar business for its panels,
including a network of SolarWorld authorized installers. The company offers a
Freedom Plan for financing residential systems in many states. Its black solar
panels are favorites among residential customers, 36 of which the company will
donate for the ASU-UNM home.
“As a company building on decades of solar innovation, SolarWorld fully grasps
the power of new ideas,” said Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld
Americas, the company’s commercial unit, based in Camarillo. “So we want to
encourage innovation in this competitive showcase of residential solar
concepts that comes just once every two years.”
Read periodic updates on the teams from student bloggers, starting today, on
the SolarWorld blog.
SolarWorld AG manufactures solar power systems and in doing so contributes to
a cleaner energy supply worldwide. The company, located in Bonn, employs
approximately 2,600 people and carries out production in Freiberg, Germany,
and Hillsboro, USA. From raw material silicon to the solar module, SolarWorld
manages all stages of production ‒ including its own research and development.
Through an international distribution network, SolarWorld supplies customers
all over the world with solar modules and complete systems. The company
maintains high social standards at all locations across the globe, and has
committed itself to resource- and energy-efficient production. SolarWorld has
been publicly traded on the stock market since 1999. More information at
Ben Santarris, 503-693-5189
Head of Corporate Communications And Sustainability in the Americas
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