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Students Show-Off Their Solar-Powered House at Santa Clara University

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009

The solar panels are up, the kitchen cabinets are in, and the doors are open to the ultimate energy-efficient, solar-powered house built by students from Santa Clara University and California College of the Arts. At 10 a.m., on September 1, at Santa Clara University, students will unveil their 800-square-foot house and provide tours to show the public what the judges will be grading at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in October. 

Some of the must-see, eco-friendly products in and around the house are:

  • Solar photovoltaic arrays
  • Radiant heating and cooling
  • Krypton and Argon gas-filled, double-paned glass windows and doors
  • Student-designed bamboo paneling and cabinetry
  • Reclaimed wood siding, floors, and deck
  • Top-of-the line energy-efficient appliances
  • World’s lightest, thinnest, most energy-efficient television

Special guests at the unveiling include:

  • U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Director Richard King
  • Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
  • Santa Clara Mayor Patricia Mahan
  • Applied Materials President and CEO Mike Splinter

After the tours, the students will disassemble the home, transport it to the nation’s capital, and then reassemble it for the competition that takes place October 8–16. Santa Clara University and California College of the Arts are the only schools from the Golden State and the entire West Coast involved in the Solar Decathlon. They will be competing against 19 other college/university teams from the U.S., Canada, Germany, Puerto Rico, and Spain.

The public can RSVP to the send-off celebration via online at:



Media Contact:

Connie Kim Coutain | | 408-554-5126 office | 408-829-4836 cell
Brenda Tucker | | 415-703-9548 office | 415-336-7528 cell


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