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April 20: Students invited to solar house contest meeting

solar-decathlonPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University students from all disciplines are invited to a kickoff meeting for the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 Solar Decathlon competition to design and build a net-zero solar house.

The meeting will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in ETRL 101 on the Pullman campus. Students can attend remotely in CIC 125T on the WSU Tri-Cities campus.

WSU is one of 16 universities from across the world participating in the $2 million competition, which aims to increase public awareness of solar energy and inspire innovative solutions in ecological design.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to apply the skills and knowledge they are learning toward a real project,’’ said Darrin Griechen, clinical associate professor in the School of Design and Construction, who is leading the effort for WSU.

Students will design and build the home over 18 months and transport it to Denver in fall 2017 where it will be on public display and will compete with other universities in 10 categories – architecture, engineering, innovation, communication, health and comfort, market potential, appliances, energy balance, water and home life.

For more information and to join the team, see


Darrin Griechen, WSU School of Design and Construction, 509-335-8196,
Tina Hilding, WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture communications, 509-335-5095,



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