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U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon to Return to Irvine
City Council approves a second visit of the major international event to the Great Park in 2015
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IRVINE, CA (February 12, 2014):  The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon will return to the City of Irvine’s Orange County Great Park in 2015, the City Council determined Tuesday night.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) produces the biannual event; the City Council vote affirmed an amended agreement with the DOE to ensure that the 2015 event will be held at the Great Park at no cost to the City of Irvine.

The Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO was hosted by the City of Irvine at the Great Park last October and 64,000 people attended the eight-day, multidimensional event. It was the first time the Solar Decathlon had been held outside of Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Energy will be responsible for all Solar Decathlon production costs in 2015 and the Solar Village will be set up at the Great Park. The Solar Decathlon is comprised of 20 university teams and 800 students who design and build energy-efficient, fully functioning houses for public tours and education.

Twenty university teams selected from an application pool for Solar Decathlon 2015 will be announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Deputy Secretary, Daniel Poneman, during a press conference at UC Irvine.

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