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Transportation Zone Unveiled at U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO

• Transportation Zone in the XPO creates first-ever educational transportation component of U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
• XPO Transportation Zone to feature GreenStreets Experience
• Leading automotive manufacturers to provide "ride and drive" opportunities

IRVINE, CA (July 19, 2013): The addition of the GreenStreets Experience within a new Transportation Zone at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO significantly broadens the scope of this free public event. For the first time, an educational transportation component will be held alongside the Solar Decathlon - a world-renowned international competition for highly energy efficient, solar-powered houses that is making its California debut at the Orange County Great Park from October 3-6 and October 10-13.

"The XPO Transportation Zone and GreenStreets Experience fulfill a long-held desire to include more clean energy educational elements that visitors can enjoy while attending the Solar Decathlon," said Richard King, Director of the Solar Decathlon for the U.S. Department of Energy.

As part of the XPO Transportation Zone, the GreenStreets Experience will showcase advanced automotive technologies that are reshaping the landscape of personal transportation. Visitors will have the opportunity to test drive fuel-efficient hybrids and zero emission, plug-in electric vehicles. In addition, the XPO Transportation Zone will feature a large expo area for automakers and transportation-related companies to display their clean energy products and technology advancements.

The automotive manufacturers providing ride and drive opportunities are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. For automotive manufacturers interested in participating in the GreenStreets Experience, please visit or contact

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are also available for companies and organizations interested in participating in Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO, which is expected to attract 100,000 visitors. For information about XPO sponsorship, contact Chris Baiocchi at or visit For information about exhibitor opportunities, visit or contact Holly Henson at 949-724-7508.

*Editors Note: Event renderings 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 actionable ways to implement energy efficiency today and into the future and leave the XPO with tools and resources to live differently. Visit for more information.

About the Orange County Great Park
Hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over Southern California enjoy the Orange County Great Park's array of recreational and educational opportunities and participate in shared experiences, including panoramic views from the iconic Great Park Balloon that rises 400 feet in the air. Other Great Park features include the Carousel, Farm + Food Lab, Kids Rock Playground, Walkable Historical Timeline, Palm Court Arts Complex, North Lawn recreation area and Historic Hangar 244. In addition to sports clinics, gardening workshops, weekly Farmers Market and other community events, the Great Park hosts an annual series of special events that provide unique experiences for the entire family, including the Great Park Pumpkin Harvest and the Flights & Sounds Summer Festival. With its approximate 1,300-acre master plan, the Great Park is the centerpiece of the redevelopment of the publicly-owned portion of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. For more information, please visit