The Department of Energy has announced that next year's Solar Decathlon student design competition will be held in Denver Oct. 5-15, 2017.

The biennial event challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The 14 collegiate teams competing in 2017 will focus on creating high-performance houses that reflect current market conditions, innovative building and the best in sustainable living.

“The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges and inspires students to become our next green energy industry leaders,” said Under Secretary of Energy for Science and Energy Dr. Franklin Orr in a press release. “The students in the Solar Decathlon competition gain invaluable hands-on experience on appealing designs, sustainable materials and cutting-edge technologies. Denver’s passion to create eco-friendly developments serves as a model for communities throughout the country and the world.”

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