As the 2011 US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Decathlon readies to officially kick-off its fifth biennial competition, SunPower advised that six of the 19 collegiate teams competing chose the company’s solar panels for their solar homes.
“Since 2005, winners of the solar decathlon have chosen SunPower solar panels, the most reliable and efficient on the market today, for their solar homes, and in the 2009 event, SunPower panels were used by the top three finishers,” said SunPower CEO Tom Werner. “SunPower is proud once again to support the skilled and passionate student decathletes as they compete in the 2011 Solar Decathlon and we wish them the best.”
Team Florida International University selected the company’s E19/218 solar panels, while Team Illinois, comprised of students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, selected SunPower’s E18/230 solar panels. Participants from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Team Massachusetts) opted for SunPower’s E19/240 solar panel with Team Middlebury College selecting the company’s E18/225 panel. Team New York City, comprised of students from the City College of New York went with SunPower’s E19/240 panels while Team Purdue chose the E19/238 panels.
The US DOE’s Solar Decathlon will hold its opening ceremony September 22 at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, DC with the official competition beginning September 23.