The Solar Homestead is Appalachian State University's entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. Inspired by the pioneer spirit of the early settlers in the mountain region of North Carolina, we have designed a self-sustaining zero energy home.

Monday, August 29, 2011

VIP Send Off Party

The Solar Homestead team had another big push this last week to finish up final details in the house to get ready to host our sponsors, supporting Appalachian State University faculty and staff, as well as our family and friends.

Dave Lee speaking to guests that packed into the high bay

Over 400 guests attended to help recognize our sponsors and students who have made this project possible. Everyone had a great time touring the home and eating delicious barbecue at the Appalachian State University Solar Decathlon Headquarters.

five Decathletes ready to give tours
Team members gave tours of our homestead after the address from UNC system President Tom Ross, Appalachian State University's Chancellor Dr. Kenneth Peacock, Dean of College of Fine and Applied Arts Glenda Treadaway, and our own Communications Manager Dave Lee.

This was such a valuable experience for the Solar Homestead team to get a taste of the kind of hard hitting questions that can come from industry professionals so that we are all well rehearsed for tours up on the National Mall's West Potomac Park September 23 - Oct 2.

We would like to thank everyone for making this such an incredible event, and for making the Solar Homestead possible; it would not be possible for us to have done this without you. We feel fortunate to see such overwhelming support from our local community and beyond!

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