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Public Power

By Ulrike Passe, 2009-10-15 11:48:54

team with flag

In spite of the rain representatives from the American Public Power Association (APPA) brought powerbars and Cyclone flag for our team from Ames one of 2000 US towns with public power. THANK YOU!

Tours and Contests

By Scott Schrage, 2009-10-14 08:30:50

A few quick updates on recent Solar Decathlon highlights:

The Interlock House public tours have been fantastic. We received more than 4000 visitors over the course of the past weekend and have consistently seen upwards of 1000 people stream through our doors on weekdays. Many, many visitors have commented on the fact that ours is one of the few houses they could envision themselves actually living in, and several have informed us that they would definitely purchase the Interlock House if given the chance.

We're very proud of our market viability and communications teams, both of which placed highly in their respective contests. We finished tied for third in market viability, earning us a certificate and providing Tim Lentz the chance to give an eloquent acceptance speech. We believe this result demonstrates how constructible, livable, and marketable the Interlock House truly is. We also took fourth in communications, despite the fact that we did not rely on any marketing / PR firms for our communications materials or activities.

The lighting design and engineering contest results are forthcoming within the next few days, so check back soon for more updates and insight into the competition. Thanks for the staying in touch with the Interlock House!

ISU Decathletes visit Senator Grassley

By Ulrike Passe, 2009-10-13 22:05:37

Decathlete with Senator Grassley

Between competitions a group of ISU decathletes were given the opportunity to discuss the future of solar energy in Iowa with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley.

High School Day at Solar D

By Ulrike Passe, 2009-10-13 22:01:37

Children sitting on hay bales

Today the decathletes had to accommodate a slightly different audience: High school kids. They came with 60 bus loads and had a lot of very informed questions and did their homework at the Interlock House.

Major sponsors Iowa State University U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory