“Consistently appearing in first place in overall standings throughout the competition, the University of Maryland won the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced the competition results Saturday before an excited audience that packed the main tent in the solar village.” The WaterShed house won by combining affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. Purdue University took second place in the competition, and New Zealand (Victoria University of Wellington) received the third-place award.
University of Maryland President Wallace Loh offered the winning team his heartfelt congratulations:
The innovation, creativity, skill, vision, cooperation, determination, and, yes, energy displayed by this team is both remarkable and a joy. I couldn’t be more proud of their work and accomplishment. These students, faculty and mentors have dedicated themselves to addressing critical needs of Maryland, the nation, and other countries. They’re the perfect example of what a public research university is all about.
After nearly 100,000 votes were cast, Appalachian State University won the Solar Decathlon People’s Choice Award for its Solar Homestead house. This award gives the public the opportunity to vote for its favorite house. This year, 92,538 votes were cast. Appalachian State also won second place in the Communications Contest and third place in the Architecture Contest. Appalachian State University is located in Boone, North Carolina.