Category: "Solar Decathlon - 2011"


  07:52:00 pm, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 233 words  
Categories: All About Solar Power, SCE, Energy Efficiency, Residential Solar, Solar Decathlon - 2011

CHIPs are Up - Caltech's Solar Decathlon Entry - UPDATED

UPDATE: The final tallies are in and our hometown team placed sixth overall and tied for the lead in two categories: Energy Balance and Hot Water efficiency.  Congratulations to all who participated in this competition - you make us proud!

The Solar Decathlon is a tremendously cool event that allows collegiate teams from around the world to show just what innovative, energy-efficient design looks like - and boy can these kids think outside the box!

Here in Pasadena we admit to being a bit partial to our hometown heroes over at Caltech (as in, the California Institute of Technology, in case you didn’t know).  Teaming up with architecture students from SCI-Arc (as in the Southern California Institute of Architecture, in case you didn’t know), the combined team’s entry - called CHIP,  for Compact, Hyper-Insulated Prototype - features insulation on the outside of the building and some other very clever design features, including - of course - solar panels.

Check out this video “walkthrough":

The Decathlon starts September 23 and runs through October 2 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  We can only hope that the folks who work in Washington and have a hand in setting national energy policy will take the time to become educated about the possibilities created by innovative thinking regarding our long-term energy needs.

We will be following the status of the SCI-Arc/Caltech team and will post updates as they become available.  Go team, GO!



Jim Jenal is the Founder & CEO of Run on Sun, Pasadena's premier installer and integrator of top-of-the-line solar power installations.
Run on Sun also offers solar consulting services, working with consumers, utilities, and municipalities to help them make solar power affordable and reliable.

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