UNLV's DesertSol home awarded 2nd Place in the 2013 Solar Decathlon
Out of 19 international entrants for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, held in Irvine, California in October 2013, UNLV’s house, DesertSol, garnered 2nd Place overall and placed in the top three for almost all the individual evaluation categories, including 3rd for engineering. Several students and staff from the Center for Energy Research were involved in this competition, along with others from schools across the campus, to design and construct the house as well as host the public who came to see the Solar Decathlon.
The home uses a roof-mounted photovoltaic system and a solar thermal system that heats water for domestic use and for the hydronic heating system. During this two-week event, the house captured much more energy than it used in the competition.