Going solar

solardecathlon

As a producer for Campus Progress, I spent the beginning of this month following around a team of students from Virginia Tech, a group that has spent more than two years building our future: Solar-powered houses.

Twenty teams descended on the National Mall recently to participate in the Solar Decathlon, a competition held by the Department of Energy to encourage the development and use of solar energy. As the crazy girl with the camera, my job involved a midnight police escort to the foot of the Washington Monument, a speedy ride in the back of a pick up truck and a day spent wearing a hard hat. Not too shabby.

To hear from Chip Clark, a Virginia Tech student and three-time competition participant, see my video here.

If you’re in D.C. and want to visit the Virginia Tech house (and 19 other homes on display) head downtown to see the homes on the Mall until Oct. 18.

Enjoy!

Julie.

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