Volunteer at the 2015 Solar Decathlon

Green energy conceptCurious about the next big thing when it comes to solar energy? Your chance to be in the know is coming up soon.

Event coordinators of the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon — an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, finance, build and operate fully functional solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive — are looking for volunteer observers.

Volunteer observers monitor the teams’ completion of various tasks throughout the competition, like washing and drying towels, running the dishwasher, or driving an electric vehicle. Their role is to make sure the competition remains fair, balanced and fun for all participating teams.

Solar Decathlon staff is seeking six to eight volunteer observers.  Observers will need to be available for all of the following days and shifts, though some exceptions can be made:

• Oct. 9-11 from 7-10:30 a.m.
• Oct. 12-13 from 1-7 p.m.
• Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
• Oct. 15-16 from 7-10:30 a.m.

More than 2,000 students participate in this hands-on, experiential design-build challenge. Getting involved is a great way to interact with a new generation of future builders and construction industry workers, learn about their ideas and how they would implement them, share with them your own, and experience a truly unique competition up close while learning about what the future may hold for the residential construction industry in solar energy.

The competition will be held at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif., from Oct. 8-18. Event organizers expect to host over 60,000 visitors and 300,000+ house visits. Get more details about the current and previous decathlons at solardecathlon.gov, where you can also view photos from last year’s event, and see information about this year’s teams.

If you’re interested in serving as an observer, or have questions about the event, contact Joseph Simon directly at joseph.simon@nrel.gov.

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