Solar College Projects

I was reading about the First Lady’s guests for the SOTU over at and I saw this one:

Jeff Lyng, Student Project Manager, 2005 Solar Decathlon Winning Team (Golden, Colorado)
Mr. Lyng, a graduate student at the University of Colorado, led the winning team at the 2005 Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a unique educational project for college-level architects and engineers to highlight the importance of clean energy and renewable energy technologies. Eighteen schools competed in the 2005 contest. Each team had three-and-a-half months to raise about $500,000 to design and build an 800-square-foot house that was completely solar-powered. Mr. Lyng, who helped found the University of Colorado Renewable Energy Club, serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Alliance for a Sustainable Future. He is pursuing his Masters in Civil Engineering in the Building Systems program at the University of Colorado and will graduate in May 2006.

It just reminded me of the Solar Power Car Team at CSU Fresno. I know that the car has worked(gone a few feet at a time, I rode in it once!) some years but definately not all. I just wonder if the house really works or just doesn’t fall down.

*Note I am not criticizing CSU Fresno, they are not alone. Many of the cars have not actually worked.

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