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SCU Solar Decathlon team ready to build

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007

SANTA CLARA, CA Feb. 20, 2007. With design plans in place, an eager team of student engineers ready to start pounding nails, and an international competition just eight months away, Santa Clara University’s Solar Decathlon team is marking the start of the construction phase of the University’s first solar house with a kickoff celebration on at 9 a.m. Feb. 22.

Several stations featuring materials students will be using to build the solar house will be at the kickoff celebration. “Many of the materials that we’ll be using were designed right here at Santa Clara. The building of this house is truly a collaborative effort between students, faculty, and the community, and demonstrates the power and promise of alternative energy,” said James Bickford, project manager of SCU’s Solar Decathlon team.

The state-of-the-art solar home will be built on the SCU campus and transported cross country to Washington, D.C., where it will become part of a solar village composed of homes designed and built by the Solar Decathlon teams. Among the teams SCU will be competing against are: Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Cornell University; Texas A&M University; University of Colorado, Denver and Boulder; Pennsylvania State University; and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

The team from SCU is one of only 20 schools in the world (and the only school farther west than Colorado) participating in the Solar Decathlon, a competition where teams are judged on their ability to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient, solar-powered home. The houses will be on display and judged in Washington, D.C., in October. More about the Solar Decathlon:

What: Solar Decathlon Kickoff Celebration

When: Thurs. Feb. 22, 9 a.m.

Where: Kennedy Commons

Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Visuals: Solar panels that will be used on solar house, 3-D model of solar house, bamboo beams (designed by SCU faculty and staff)

Available for interviews: Student and faculty team members; sponsors

SCU Solar Decathlon sponsors:

  • Hallmark Construction
  • Nana Walls
  • Real Goods
  • ReGrid
  • Robson Homes
  • SCU Alumni
  • Solarsa 
  • Sunpower
  • Silicon Valley Power
  • Silicon Valley Solar
  • Technology Steering Committee Grant
  • US Department of Energy

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,377 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see



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