The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002; the competition has since occurred biennially in 2005, 2007, and 2009. The next event will take place at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23–Oct. 2, 2011. Open to the public free of charge, visitors can tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today.
The Solar Decathlon began in 2002. Since 2005, the Solar Decathlon has happened biennually. The first Solar Decathlon in 2002 kicked off the even that, since its inaugural event, has involved 92 collegiate teams engaged in learning about solar energy and cutting-edge technology, has established itself as a successful global program, has reached 15,000 college students, and has extended its reach to K-12 students, inviting schools to visit Washington, D.C. on class tours.