Santa Clara Mayor Patricia Mahan recognized Santa Clara University’s Solar Decathlon team on Nov. 17 during a Santa Clara City Council meeting. Allison Kopf, student project manager for the team, explained the competition and the technology the students used on their 800-square-foot solar-powered house. Kopf and Hazella Bowmani, another member on the team, also discussed the importance of taking part in projects that showcase sustainability and alternative energy.
Mayor Mahan and the council members presented a proclamation to the team. You can watch a video of the entire presentation online.
The team, which is represented by Santa Clara University and California College of the Arts students, won third place in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C., in October. It’s a biannual international competition that determines the ultimate solar-powered home built by college students. This is the second time SCU won third place in the Solar Decathlon.