Wrap Up | Solar Decathlon 2009

Students of Team Germany, (L-R front),  react after winning first place overall during the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Friday, Oct. 16, 2009. (Photo by Stefano Paltera/US Dept. of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Students of Team Germany, (L-R front), react after winning first place overall during the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Friday, Oct. 16, 2009. (Photo by Stefano Paltera/US Dept. of Energy Solar Decathlon)

With the cranes now dismantling the twenty solar houses on the National Mall, it seems only right to give the teams a send-off on these pages.

But it hurts to do it — the excitement you see on the faces above was felt all the way down here in the Southwest. We were inspired by the dedication and ingenuity of every team there. It’s probably best not to start listing specific features and innovations students made on these amazing houses. Where would the list stop?

Students of University of Illinois celebrate after taking 2nd place overall during the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Friday, Oct. 16, 2009. (Photo by Stefano Paltera/US Dept. of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Students of University of Illinois celebrate after taking 2nd place overall during the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Friday, Oct. 16, 2009. (Photo by Stefano Paltera/US Dept. of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Instead, we’ll take this opportunity to thank all the participants, their sponsors and the folks at the DOE who worked hard to make the event a success. Thanks, again, for showing solar supporters – and skeptics – a hopeful vision of what a green future could look like.

Students of Team California, celebrate after taking 3rd place overall during the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Friday, Oct. 16, 2009. (Photo by Stefano Paltera/US Dept. of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Students of Team California, celebrate after taking 3rd place overall during the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Friday, Oct. 16, 2009. (Photo by Stefano Paltera/US Dept. of Energy Solar Decathlon)

So, it’s “goodbye,” Solar Decathlon 2009.

But, “hello,” Solar Decathlon 2010! See you in Madrid.

Madrid, 2010

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