Craig Reem
Director of Public Affairs
and Communications


IRVINE, CA (October 7, 2013): The final weekend of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO promises to be the best yet as the winners of the international collegiate competition are announced and cooler temperatures arrive at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif.

At Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO, children and adults alike will learn ways to save money by saving energy while touring the 19 student-built, highly efficient solar-powered houses, and explore the XPO - a 21st century festival of creativity, technology, design, and education.

The Solar Decathlon consists of 10 contests. Each contest is worth a maximum of 100 points, for a potential total of 1,000 points. The winner is the team with the most points at the end of the competition. Five of the 10 contests are juried by a panel of independent experts. The winners of each of the juried contests will be announced on site at Solar Decathlon 2013 beginning this Thursday, October 10.

Schedule of contest winner announcements:
• Thursday, October 10 at 10 a.m. - Market Appeal and Affordability contest winners announced
• Friday, October 11 at 10 a.m. - Architecture and Communications contest winners announced
• Saturday, October 12 at 10 a.m. - Engineering contest and overall Solar Decathlon 2013 winners announced

The other five contests are measured over the course of the competition. The scores and standings based on these five contests can be monitored in real time on the Solar Decathlon website.

Ten Contests of Solar Decathlon 2013

Juried Contests Measured Contests
1. Architecture
2. Market Appeal
3. Engineering
4. Communications
5. Affordability 6. Comfort Zone
7. Hot Water
8. Appliances
9. Home Entertainment
10. Energy Balance

Visitors to the Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO are encouraged to consider taking public transportation options available through Metrolink and local shuttles. If driving to the event, please exit Jeffrey Road and follow traffic signage to event parking.

**Editor's Note: Event photos available upon request.

About Solar Decathlon 2013
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate energy-efficient houses powered by the sun. These teams spend two years creating houses to compete in 10 contests. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002; the competition has since occurred biennially in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011. The next event will take place from October 3 through October 13, 2013, at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. The competition houses will be open to visitors free of charge on eight days over two weekends.

Public hours will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily:
Thursday, October 3 - Sunday, October 6, 2013
Thursday, October 10 - Sunday, October 13, 2013

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About the XPO
The XPO is a clean, renewable and efficient energy exposition, featuring visionary and innovative companies, products and educational opportunities that will be hosted alongside the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. The XPO will run concurrently with the Solar Decathlon 2013 from October 3-6 and October 10-13 at the Orange County Great Park. Through fun, interactive exhibits and activities, the XPO will provide visitors with information about the broad spectrum of energy efficiency in home design, transportation, consumer products, food production and education. Visitors will experience a 21st century festival of creativity, technology, design and educational experiences that will inspire children and adults alike. Visit for more information.

About the City of Irvine
Since its incorporation in 1971, Irvine has become a nationally recognized city, with a population of 231,117, spans 66 square miles and is recognized as one of America's safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine's enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space and is the home of the Orange County Great Park - the first great metropolitan park of the 21st century. For more information, please visit
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