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.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Appalachian State University Places 2nd in Communications Contest!

Appalachian State University's The Solar Homestead has taken second place in the
Solar Decathlon 2011's Communications contest!! 

Dave Lee, Communication's Manager, giving a tour to a group of students at the Solar Decathlon 2011.

During the past two years, educating the public on the tremendous potential that solar power and renewable energy have, has been a key goal of The Solar Homestead team.  Knowing that we have reached out and raised awareness in such a way to be honored with this award is an incredible feeling.  Through many different disciplines, ranging from Anthropology, Sustainable Development, Physics, Broadcast Media and  Technical Photography, our Communications team has worked hard along with the help of the rest of the Homestead team to focus on this goal!

Members of the Solar Homestead's Communication Team after winning 2nd place!
This also would not have been possible without our dedicated community behind us. We spent weeks folding hats to get our takeaways ready for the Solar Decathlon. Hundreds of people came from Appalachian State University and the rest of the community to our folding partys, and we got to talk about Solar Decathlon, sustainability, and solar energy. Without your help this may not have been possible. Thank you!

We can't say it enough these days, it really is great to be a Mountaineer! :)


  1. Outstanding. Congratulations to all!

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