Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Virginia Tech is one of 20 schools competing in a solar house competition

Published: March 20, 2009
Virginia Tech is the only school in Virginia competing in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon being held in Washington D.C.

A model is complete of the solar house entry for the competition. Virginia Tech is one of 20 schools competing. In October, the house will be judged on 10 different elements.

Cory McCalla, a 4th year architecture student working on the project says there are features that set this entry apart from others, “There are several aspects of our house that have never been done before, such as the concrete floor and the large screens and the computer automation.
About ten thousand dollars was raised for the project, selling raffle tickets for an electric car. A business professor won it in the drawing Friday.

Also, the project gets about one hundred thousand dollars from The Department of Energy and companies also make donations.


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