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.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Packing Up and Shipping Out

waiting to check in our hotel
The Solar Homestead and team have arrived safely in D.C.

These Appalachian State University students have spent 2 years designing and constructing our modern concept the Solar Homestead, a zero energy home completely powered by harnessing the energy of the sun.

Jose wrapping our house for a safe trip
The Solar Homestead was sent off to Washington D.C. on Thursday afternoon, which was followed by the OMs, or Outbuilding Modules, on Friday along with a small team of construction crew. They arrived safely with the help of our transportation crew and ready to work before we moved on to the National Mall Tuesday night at 11:00 pm.

Starting last night our construction team of seven have been working around the clock putting together our OMs on to the National Mall and are ready to start moving the three house modules in the next 24 hours.

Dave Lee firing up the troops.
The second group of Solar Homestead team members arrived today around 7pm, and have jumped in to take over so that we lose no momentum. We are so excited to be here and we will continue to keep everyone updated.

Please dont forget starting on September 24th you will get the opportunity to vote for your favorite team for People's Choice Award. We will be posting this link when it comes out. 

We are through the roof with excitement and I hope you all are too. I know that many of you have been following us since the beginning and we just want to thank everyone for your support. Go Appalachian State University and go Solar Homestead!

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