UNLV’s Award-Winning DesertSol Home on Exhibit
Alumni News Center | February 15, 2014
Opening to the public on Saturday, Feb. 15, DesertSol is a 754-square foot solar-powered home created and built by the UNLV Solar Decathlon Team, as part of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013.
Best in the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an international competition that challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production.
UNLV’s team placed second overall in the competition and was the only American team to place in the top three. UNLV performed well in several individual events, including first place in market appeal and hot water supply, and second place in communications.
The project took two years and a team of more than 60 students to complete. The students consulted with faculty and industry advisors, but the students ultimately constructed the home themselves. The home was built at UNLV, moved to Irvine, CA for the competition, and now becomes a permanent exhibit at the Springs Preserve Botanical Gardens.
Visit UNLV's DesertSol at Springs Preserve
Visit the Springs Preserve and tour DesertSol, along with all the other wonderful exhibits. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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