U.S. Solar Decathlon: Congratulations to our Team Orange

You may have heard that Team Orange, a consortium of Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College, University of California, Irvine, and Chapman University, was selected to compete in next year’s U.S. Solar Decathlon.  This is the first time that Orange County will be represented in the biannual competition, which will be held for the second time at the Orange County Great Park in 2015.

The U.S. Solar Decathlon is hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, which selects competitors and provides them with funding to build solar-powered homes.  The selected teams will now begin to build solar-powered, highly energy-efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation, and design excellence. The teams will design, construct, and test their houses before reassembling them in fall 2015 at the competition site.

Team Orange’s home design is inspired by the California poppy, which opens to soak in sunlight before closing up at nightfall.  Each member of Team Orange will focus on a specific area – for Saddleback, we will lead the team’s efforts in architecture, interior design, construction, and code compliance.  UC Irvine will oversee engineering, automation, entertainment, 3D printing, and fundraising, while Chapman will lead the marketing and outreach efforts, including the team’s website and social media.  Irvine Valley College will be responsible for the team’s engineering tech work, electrical work safety, drafting, and recycling.  Representing Saddleback are Blake Stephens, architecture department chair, and Dan Riley, architecture associate faculty, who will be assisted by approximately 30 students.

Team Orange is one of 20 student teams that will compete in the U.S. Solar Decathlon.  The other teams represent colleges and universities throughout the globe:

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
California State University, Sacramento
Clemson University
Crowder College and Drury University
Lansing Community College and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Missouri University of Science and Technology
New York City College of Technology
Oregon Institute of Technology and Portland State University
Stanford University
State University of New York at Alfred College of Technology and Alfred University
Stevens Institute of Technology
University of Florida, National University of Singapore, and Santa Fe College
The University of Texas at Austin and Technische Universitaet Muenchen
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
University of California, Davis
Vanderbilt University and Middle Tennessee State University
West Virginia University and University of Roma Tor Vergata
Western New England University, Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, and Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana
Yale University

For more information, a joint press release was distributed by UC Irvine last week after the Department of Energy announced the competitors: http://news.uci.edu/press-releases/uc-irvine-to-lead-team-orange-at-solar-decathlon-2015/.

Congratulations to Team Orange for this very unique opportunity, and we look forward to seeing the fruits of your labor in 2015!

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