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Rebuilding the 2009 Solar House, Again

One year after Santa Clara University won third place in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon, the award-winning, solar-powered house is finally going up permanently. A concrete truck rolled onto campus on Oct. 19 to pour in the foundation next to the Malley Fitness and Recreation Center, where crews and students will piece the house back together again one last time. Some of the students are the famous decathletes who spent 18 months designing, engineering, and building the super efficient, solar-powered house.

Tim Hight, chair and associate professor of the mechanical engineering department, has begun his initial outreach to freshmen engineers for the 2013 Solar Decathlon. He hopes they’ll be able to help rebuild the 2009 house, which would give them a taste of what the 2009 team endured and what they could expect in 2013.

“Some 30 freshman engineering students expressed interest and wanted to learn more about the Solar Decathlon. We’ll hold an informational session in the coming weeks,” says Hight.

He expects the house to be completely rebuilt by the end of the quarter.

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