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Team Las Vegas Kicks Off Construction on Desert Sol

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UNLV's Solar Decathlon team begins construction on solar-powered prototype home to compete in U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013
Campus News  |  Apr 17, 2013  |  By UNLV Media Relations
Media Contact: Megan Downs, Office of Media Relations (702) 895-0898


After much anticipation, Team Las Vegas is kicking off construction on DesertSol, a solar-powered, energy-efficient home designed for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. The team is inviting UNLV and the Las Vegas community to celebrate this milestone.


Wednesday, April 24 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.


UNLV Paradise Campus (grass lot)
851 E. Tropicana Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89154


Solar Decathlon is a highly recognized competition in which 20 collegiate schools from around the globe are selected to compete. The students from each of the teams must design, build and operate a solar-powered, energy-efficient home, with the overall goal of educating the public about sustainable living.

During the past year, more than 60 students, 10 faculty members and dozens of industry consultants have been working on perfecting the design of the home. The construction documents are finalized and submitted and now it is time for the team to turn its drawings into reality.

DesertSol, designed for living in the Mojave Desert, is 754 square feet and will take several months to build. The team will begin testing all the features of the home to make sure everything is working properly before the home is transported to the decathlon competition in Irvine, Calif. in mid-September. Members of the public can view the home in Irvine at Orange County Great Park in Irvine in October.

DesertSol will have a permanent residence at the Springs Preserve after it returns from the competition in October.

Visit Team Las Vegas' website.

Watch the DesertSol video walkthrough.